It was a back and forth ballgame in fifth and final game of the Bulldog World Series on Wednesday afternoon.
The intrasquad scrimmage was tied on three different occasions until Gray first baseman Jacob Barfield changed that with one swing of the bat in the top of the seventh. Barfield belted a three-run home run over the left field wall off Cole Gordon to give Gray a 9-6 victory.
“Nate Lowe hit some balls hard, obviously Barfield hit a ball a long way and Gordon hit the ball really, really hard so there was some really good offense in this game,” said MSU skipper John Cohen. “There was some stretches of good pitching too. A lot of young guys took the mound. But it was a good way to finish up and a good, close game right to the very end.”
Maroon had already clinched the series by winning the first three games but Gray battled back to take the final two.
Gray stacked up 11 hits in the finale led by catcher Jack Kruger, who finished a phenomenal fall by going 2-for-2 at the plate with a pair of singles.
Centerfielder Jacob Robson was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs and Lowe went 2-for-3 with one run batted in.
Freshman right-hander Ryan Cyr was credited with the win. Cyr pitched two scoreless innings of relief with two strikeouts and surrendered a pair of hits.
Gray starter Trysten Barlow lasted 1 1/3 innings allowing two runs on two hits with two walks and a pair of strikeouts.
Although he took the loss on the mound, Gordon paced Maroon at the plate going 3-for-4 with a double, home run and four RBIs. Gordon gave up three runs on three hits with a walk and a strikeout in his 2/3 of an inning in relief.
Third baseman Matt Spruill was 2-for-3 with a double at the dish for a Maroon squad that had six total hits.
Maroon starter Konnor Pilkington pitched an inning and gave up three runs on five hits.
Mississippi State opens the season at home Feb. 19 against Florida Atlantic at 4:30 p.m.