Live from Dudy Noble Field

Dudy Noble Field

Dudy Noble Field

I’ve arrived at the ballpark for what feels like a great evening weather-wise for baseball. Mississippi State is hosting South Alabama before a pivotal weekend series with Oregon. The Bulldogs are wearing maroon hats, black jerseys and white pants while the Jaguars are clad in navy hats and jerseys and gray pants. This game will be streamed on SEC Network +.

Starting lineups:

South Alabama: 9-3

RF- Travis Swaggerty, L/L, Fr., .269, HR, 4 RBI, SB

2B- Jason Cryar, R/R, So., .375

SS- Drew LaBounty, R/R, So., .400, HR, 14 RBI, 3 SB

C- Jared Barnes, R/R, So., .286, HR, 5 RBI

1B- Danny Martinez, L/R, Sr., .295, HR, 13 RBI

3B- Ben Gann, R/R, Sr., .267, HR, 4 RBI, SB

CF- Cole Billingsley, L/L, Jr., .167, 8 RBI

DH- Adam Wolfe, R/R, Jr., .238, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 2 SB

LF- Brendan Donovan, L/R, Fr., .316, 5 RBI, SB

RHP Hunter Soleymani, Sr. (1-0) 3.65 ERA, 12 K, 3 BB

Mississippi State: 8-3-1

CF- Jacob Robson, L/R, Jr., .385, 6 RBI, 8 SB

RF- Cody Brown, L/R, Jr., .318, 3 RBI, SB

DH- Jack Kruger, R/R, Jr., 511, 3 HR, 18 RBI, SB

1B- Nathaniel Lowe, L/R, Jr., .267, 7 RBI

3B- Gavin Collins, R/R, Jr., .258, HR, 6 RBI

C- Elih Marrero, S/R, Fr., .276, 4 RBI, SB

LF- Reid Humphreys, R/R, Jr., .333, 7 RBI

SS- Ryan Gridley, R/R, So., .289, HR, 10 RBI, SB

2B- Hunter Stovall, R/R, Fr., .333, 3 RBI, 2 SB

LHP Kale Breaux, Fr. (0-1) 8.10 ERA, 3 K, 3 BB

TOP 1ST

Breaux’s first pitch is low for a ball.

Swaggerty struck out swinging, one out.

Cryar struck out swinging, two outs.

LaBounty walked.

Barnes hit by pitch, LaBounty advanced to second.

Martinez flew out to center, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 1ST

Robson walked to extend his on-base streak to 14-games. His 16 walks leads the SEC.

Brown walked, Robson advanced to second.

Kruger fouled out to the catcher, one out.

Lowe grounded into a 4-6-3 double play, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 2ND

Former Bulldog Sam Frost visiting the press box. I’m told former MSU pitcher Trevor Fitts is also a GA on the South Alabama staff.

Gann gives one a ride to the right-center gap but Robson runs it down on the warning track, one out.

Billingsley flew out to center, two outs.

Wolfe walked.

Donovan popped out to short, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 2ND

Collins fouled out to first, one out.

Marrero grounded out to first, two outs.

Humphreys robbed of a home run in left by Donovan. Hell of a play, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 3RD

RHP Noah Hughes in to pitch for MSU.

Swaggerty reached on an infield single to third.

Cryar struck out swinging on a nice hook by Hughes, one out.

LaBounty grounded out to short, Swaggerty advanced to second.

Barnes belted a two-run tater to left.

Martinez walked.

RHP Ryan Cyr in to pitch for MSU.

Gann doubled to the wall in left, Martinez scored, RBI.

Billingsley grounded out to second, three outs.

3 R, 3 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

3-0 USA

BOTTOM 3RD

Gridley popped out to left, one out.

Stovall popped out to second, two outs.

Robson tried to bunt for a hit. He failed, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

3-0 USA

TOP 4TH

Wolfe grounded out to short, one out.

Donovan popped out to short, two outs.

Swaggerty fouled out to third, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

3-0 USA

BOTTOM 4TH

Brown grounded out to second, one out.

Kruger flew out to the warning track in left, one out.

Lowe singled to center for State’s first hit.

Collins drills a two-run homer to left. That’s his second this season.

Marerro grounded out to second, three outs.

2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

3-2 USA

TOP 5TH 

Cryar reached and was awarded second on a throwing error by Gridley.

LaBounty walked.

RHP Ryan Rigby in to pitch for MSU.

Cryar caught stealing third, LaBounty moved up to second, one out.

LaBounty awarded third on a balk.

Barnes struck out swinging, two outs.

LHP Ethan Small in to pitch for MSU.

Martinez grounded out to short, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 1 E, 1 LOB

3-2 USA

BOTTOM 5TH

Humphreys struck out looking, one out.

Gridley flew out to left, two outs.

Stovall flew out to center, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

3-2 USA

TOP 6TH

Luke Alexander in at short, John Holland in at second for MSU.

Gann flew out to left, one out.

Billingsley struck out swinging, two outs.

Wolfe struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

3-2 USA

BOTTOM 6TH

Robson lined out to left, one out.

Brown walked.

Brown stole second on a nifty slide. Meanwhile, a sniper took out Kruger at the plate.

Kruger walked.

LHP James Traylor in to pitch for USA.

Brent Rooker pinch hitting for Lowe. Rooker doubled into the left field corner scoring Brown and Kruger, 2 RBI.

Mike Smith pinch running for Rooker.

Collins struck out swinging, two outs.

RHP Ryne Long in to pitch for USA.

Marerro lined out to center, three outs.

2 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

4-3 MSU

TOP 7TH

Cole Gordon in at first for MSU.

Donovan popped out to third, one out.

Swaggerty grounded out to first, two outs.

Cryar struck out looking, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

4-3 MSU

BOTTOM 7TH

RHP Justin Flores in to pitch for USA.

Humphreys reached on an infield single to short.

Alexander bunted Humphreys to second, one out.

Holland grounded out to second, Humphreys advanced to third, two outs.

LHP Shane McKinley in to pitch for USA.

Robson reached on an infield single to short, Humphreys scored, RBI.

Brown walked, Robson advanced to second.

Kruger popped out to center, three outs.

1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

5-3 MSU

TOP 8TH

RHP Zac Houston in to pitch, Jake Mangum in left for MSU.

LaBounty grounded out to third, one out.

Barnes fouled out to first, two outs.

Martinez grounded out to the pitcher, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

5-3 MSU

BOTTOM 8TH

Gordon singled to right.

Collins with his second two-run homer of the night to left.

Marerro grounded out to short, one out.

RHP Cody Van Aken in to pitch for USA.

Mangum grounded out to second, two outs.

Alexander flew out to right, three outs.

2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

7-3 MSU

TOP 9TH

RHP Blake Smith in to pitch for MSU.

Ryan Raspino pinch hitting for Gann. Raspino struck out looking, one out.

Billingsley struck out swinging, two outs.

Wells Davis pinch hitting for Wolfe. Davis struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

FINAL: NO. 20 MISSISSIPPI STATE 7, SOUTH ALABAMA 3

Hits: MSU 7, USA 3

Errors: MSU 1, USA 0

WP: Ethan Small (1-0) 2.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 K, 0 BB

LP: Hunter Soleymani (1-1) 5.1 IP, 4 R, 2 H, 1 K, 4 BB

Leading Hitters: MSU – Gavin Collins 2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, Brent Rooker 1-1, 2B, 2 RBI; USA – Jared Barnes 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, Ben Gann 1-3, 2B, RBI

Attendance: 6,761

 

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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