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Dudy Noble Field

Dudy Noble Field

I made it back from Nashville just in time for No. 20 Mississippi State’s baseball game against ninth-ranked Oregon. The tarp wasn’t on the field when I arrived but is back on the infield. Not sure what that says about tonight’s 6:30 p.m. start time but we’ll see. The Bulldogs are clad in maroon hats, maroon “MS” jerseys and white paints while the Ducks have on green hats and gray uniforms.

Starting Lineup:

Oregon: 8-2

CF- Austin Grebeck, R/R, Jr., .265, 3 RBI

LF- A.J. Balta, L/R, So., .167, 2 HR, 9 RBI, SB

RF- Jakob Goldfarb, L/R, So., .189, 5 RBI, SB

1B- Phil Craig-St. Louis, L/R, Sr., .179, 2 HR, 6 RBI

DH- Steven Packard, Sr., L/L, .189, HR, 9 RBI, SB

C- Tim Susnara, L/R, So., .333, HR, RBI, 2 SB

3B- Matt Kroon, R/R, Fr., .222, 2 RBI, 2 SB

SS- Travis Moniot, S/R, Fr., 147, RBI

2B- Daniel Patzlaff, S/R, So., .250, 6 RBI

LHP- Cole Irvin, Jr. (2-0) 0.82 ERA, 27 K, 2 BB

Mississippi State: 9-3-1

CF- Jacob Robson, L/R, Jr., .381, 7 RBI, 8 SB

RF- Brent Rooker, R/R, So., .333, 15 RBI, 2 SB

DH- Jack Kruger, R/R, Jr., 479, 3 HR, 18 RBI, SB

3B- Gavin Collins, R/R, Jr., .286, 3 HR, 10 RBI

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

C- Elih Marrero, S/R, Fr., .242, 4 RBI, SB

1B- Nathaniel Lowe, L/R, Jr., .277, 7 RBI

SS- Luke Alexander, S/R, Fr., .286, HR, 4 RBI, 2 SB

2B- Ryan Gridley, R/R, So., .277, HR, 10 RBI, SB

RHP Dakota Hudson, Jr. (1-1) 1.50 ERA, 23 K, 10 BB

TOP 1ST

The tarp has been pulled.

Hudson’s first pitch is a ball.

Grebeck walks on four pitches.

Belta belts a two-run homer to left.

Craig-St. Louis struck out swinging, one out.

Goldfarb stole second. Throw and tag were there but Alexander couldn’t hang onto the ball.

Packard grounded out to second, Goldfarb advanced to third, two outs.

Susnara struck out swinging, three outs.

2 R, 1 H, 1 E, 1 LOB

2-0 UO

BOTTOM 1ST

Robson grounded out to short after fouling off a bunt, one out.

Rooker singled through the left side.

Kruger lined into a double play, three outs.

0 R,  1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-0 UO

TOP 2ND

Kroon grounded out to second, one out.

Moniot struck out looking, two outs.

Patzlaff walked.

Grebeck singled to left, Patzlaff thrown out at third, three outs.

0 R,  1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

2-0 UO

BOTTOM 2ND

Collins grounded out to third, one out.

Humphreys walked.

Marrero flew out to right, two outs.

Lowe singled to left.

Alexander popped out to right, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

2-0 UO

TOP 3RD

Balta walked.

Goldfarb struck out swinging, one out.

Craig-St. Louis struck out swinging, Balta stole second, two outs.

Packard walked.

Balta stole third.

Susnara struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

2-0 UO

BOTTOM 3RD

Gridley reached second on a throwing error by Moniot.

Robson bunted Gridley to third, one out.

Rooker lined off Irvin, literally, scoring Gridley, RBI.

Kruger struck out swinging, two outs.

Collins doubled off the wall in left-center scoring Rooker, RBI.

Humphreys flew out to right. Good sliding catch by Goldfarb, three outs.

2 R, 2 H, 1 E, 1 LOB

2-2

TOP 4TH

Kroon flew out to right, one out.

Moniot struck out looking, two outs.

Patzlaff walked.

Grebeck popped out to short, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

2-2

BOTTOM 4TH

Marrero tried to bunt for a hit and failed, one out.

Lowe grounded out to short, two outs.

Alexander walked.

Gridley lined out to left, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

2-2

TOP 5TH

Balta grounded out to first, one out.

Goldfarb doubled to left.

Craig-St. Louis flew out to left, two outs.

Packard grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

2-2

BOTTOM 5TH

Robson struck out swinging, one out.

Rooker with a solo homer to left-center. That’s his first this season.

Kruger grounded out to short, two outs.

Collins singled to center.

Humphreys tripled off the wall in right scoring Collins, RBI.

Marrero popped out to right, three outs.

2 R, 3 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

4-2 MSU

TOP 6TH

Susnara lined out to right, one out.

Kroon struck out swinging but reached first on a throwing error by Marrero.

Moniot struck out looking for the third time so that’s the hat trick, two outs.

Patzlaff singled through the right side, Kroon advanced to third.

RHP Zac Houston in to pitch for MSU.

Grebeck grounded out to third, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 1 E, 2 LOB

4-2 MSU

BOTTOM 6TH

Lowe popped out to center, one out.

Alexander walked.

Gridley with a bunt single, Alexander advanced to second.

Robson singled through the right side to load the bases.

RHP Brac Warren in to pitch for UO.

Rooker popped out to left, two outs.

Kruger sneaks one through the left side to score Alexander, RBI. Bases still loaded.

Collins struck out swinging on a 3-2 pitch, three outs.

1 R, 3 H, 0 E, 3 LOB

5-2 MSU

TOP 7TH

Cody Brown in left, Mike Smith in right for MSU.

Balta hit by pitch.

RHP Blake Smith in to pitch for MSU.

Goldfarb struck out looking, one out.

Balta took second on a wild pitch.

Craig-St. Louis flew out to right, two outs.

Balta took third on a passed ball.

Packard walked.

Balta scored and Packard advanced to second on a passed ball.

Susnara lined out to right. Smith made an incredible run-saving diving catch, three outs.

1 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

5-3 MSU

BOTTOM 7TH

Brown grounded out to second, one out.

Marrero grounded out to second, two outs.

Lowe lined out to right, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

5-3 MSU

TOP 8TH

Kroon walked.

Kyle Kasser pinch hitting for Moniot. Kasser walked, Kroon advanced to second.

LHP Vance Tatum in to pitch for MSU.

Patzlaff bunted both runners into scoring position, one out.

Grebeck with a sacrifice fly to left scoring Kroon, RBI, two outs.

Balta grounded out to short, three outs.

1 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

5-4 MSU

BOTTOM 8TH

Patzlaff moves to short, Kasser at second. RHP Matt Mercer in to pitch for UO.

Alexander struck out looking, one out.

Gridley doubled into the left field corner.

Robson struck out swinging, two outs.

Jake Mangum pinch hitting for Mike Smith. Mangum gets a double past the first baseman scoring Gridley, RBI.

Kruger intentionally walked.

Collins walked to load the bases.

Brown unloads the bases with a grand slam to right, 4 RBI.

Marrero popped out to left, three outs.

5 R, 3 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

10-4 MSU

TOP 9TH

Goldfarb struck out swinging. That’s the hat trick for him, one out.

Craig-St.Louis struck out swinging. That’s the hat trick for him too, two outs.

Nick Catalano pinch hitting for Packard. Catalano popped out to second, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

FINAL: NO. 20 MISSISSIPPI STATE 10, NO. 9 OREGON 4

Hits: MSU 13, UO 4

Errors: MSU 1, UO 1

WP: Dakota Hudson (2-1) 5.2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 9 K, 5 BB

LP: Cole Irvin (2-1) 5.1 IP, 3 ER, 9 H, 2 K, 3 BB

S: Vance Tatum (1) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 K, 0 BB

Leading hitters: MSU – Brent Rooker 3-4, HR, 2 RBI, Gavin Collins 2-4, 2B, RBI, Ryan Gridley 2-4, 2B, Cody Brown 1-2, HR, 4 RBI, Reid Humphreys 1-2, 3B, RBI, Jake Mangum 1-1, 2B, RBI; UO – A.J. Balta 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, Jakob Goldfarb 1-4, 2B

Attendance: 6,454

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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