STARKVILLE – Things certainly didn’t look promising for the Maroon team to take a two-game lead in Game 2 of the Bulldog World Series Friday afternoon.
Maroon had just one infield hit entering the top of the seventh and final inning and trailed their Gray counterparts 2-0. But Maroon erupted for four runs in the frame for a 4-2 win.
Brent Rooker got things going with a solo home run to left to leadoff the big inning for Maroon.
Following two walks by Parker Ford, Gray made a pitching change to Paul Young with one away. Young came close to getting the inning-ending double play he needed but Jake Mangum just beat the throw to first putting runners at the corners with two outs.
Young then issued two straight walks, the second of which tied the score. Delvin Zinn then slapped a two-run single up the middle which proved to be the difference in the game.
Cole Barlow was credited with the win in relief. Barlow pitched one scoreless inning with two walks.
Maroon starter Ethan Small lasted three frames giving up a pair of runs on four hits, two walk and had three strikeouts.
Gray had five hits in the contest led by doubles from Cody Brown, Jack Kruger and Luke Reynolds.
Gray starter Noah Hughes hurled 3 2/3 shutout frames allowing a hit and three walks while fanning a pair.
Game 3 is scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m. Maroon will send junior right-hander Dakota Hudson to the mound looking for the best-of-five series victory while Gray counters with junior southpaw Daniel Brown.