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Dudy Noble Field

Dudy Noble Field

Welcome to a beautiful afternoon for baseball on the campus of the nation’s No. 15 team Mississippi State. The Diamond Dogs will be going for the sweep against Georgia today. MSU’s other 15th-ranked team lost to No. 1 UConn 98-38 in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament earlier today. On the diamond, State is wearing maroon hats with white uniforms while UGA is clad with black hats, black jerseys and grey uniforms.

Starting lineups:

Georgia: 14-10, 1-4 SEC

CF- Stephen Wrenn, R/R, Jr., .304, 12 RBI, 5 SB

C- Skyler Weber, L/R, Jr., .301, HR, 11 RBI, 5 SB

DH- Michael Curry, R/R, Fr., .261, 4 HR, 12 RBI

LF- Keegan McGovern, L/R, So., .289, 5 HR, 21 RBI, SB

1B- Trevor Kieboom, R/R, Jr., .296, 3 RBI

2B- LJ Talley, L/R, Fr., .194, 9 RBI

RF- Logan Moody, R/R, Fr., .256, HR, 4 RBI

3B- Mitchell Webb, R/R, So., .188, HR, 8 RBI

SS- Nick King, R/R, Sr., .192, 4 RBI, 2 SB

RHP- Heath Holder, Sr. (0-2) 3.46 ERA, 23 K, 15 BB

Mississippi State: 17-6-1, 4-1 SEC

CF- Jacob Robson, L/R, Jr., .348, HR, 14 RBI, 10 SB

RF- Cody Brown, L/R, Jr., .317, HR, 8 RBI, 2 SB

1B- Nathaniel Lowe, L/R, Jr., .273, HR, 18 RBI

DH- Jack Kruger, R/R, Jr., .376, 3 HR, 23 RBI, SB

LF- Reid Humphreys, R/R, Jr., .344, 3 HR, 16 RBI

3B- Gavin Collins, R/R, Jr., .264, 4 HR, 16 RBI

C- Elih Marrero, S/R, Fr., .262, 6 RBI, 2 SB

2B- John Holland, L/R, Sr., .318, 3 RBI

SS- Ryan Gridley, R/R, So., .310, HR, 12 RBI, SB

RHP- Keegan James, Fr. (2-0) 2.45 ERA, 5 K, 1 BB

TOP 1ST

James’ first pitch is high for a ball.

Wrenn walks on four pitches.

Weber flew out to left, one out.

Curry flew out to right. Brown and Robson nearly collided out there, two outs.

Wrenn took second on a wild pitch.

McGovern walked.

Kieboom grounded to short, McGovern forced out at second, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 3, 2 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 1ST

Robson reached on a bunt single.

Brown tried to bunt Robson to second but failed, one out.

Lowe popped up to center and Wrenn lost it in the sun, Brown advanced to second. It’s ruled an E8 but should’ve been scored a single since he never touched it.

Kruger struck out swinging, Brown and Lowe stole into scoring position. Scott Stricklin (not that Scott Stricklin) out to argue, two outs.

Humphreys popped out to short, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 1 E, 2 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 2ND

Talley grounded out to short. Sensational play by Gridley. He and Holland have made some good ones in the last two days, one out.

Moody doubled off the wall in left.

Webb walked.

King reached on a fielder’s choice, Webb forced out at second. Moody advanced to third, two outs.

RHP Blake Smith in to pitch for MSU. Smith inherits a 1-2 count.

Wrenn flew out to center on the next pitch, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 2ND

Collins walked.

Marrero struck out swinging, Collins took second on a wild pitch, one out.

Holland walked.

Gridley flew out to left, two outs.

Collins and Holland moves into scoring position on a wild pitch.

Robson grounded out to short, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 3RD

Weber flew out to left, one out.

Curry singled to left.

McGovern walked again, Curry advanced to second.

Kieboom singled through the right side to load the bases.

LHP Kale Breaux in to pitch for MSU.

Breaux hit Talley on a 3-2 pitch to force in Curry, RBI. Bases still loaded.

Moody struck out swinging, two outs.

Webb struck out swinging, three outs.

1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 3 LOB

1-0 UGA

BOTTOM 3RD

Brown walked.

Lowe doubled to the wall in right scoring Brown, RBI.

LHP Connor Jones in to pitch for UGA

Kruger squares around and pops up two bunts. Fans growing restless with John Cohen and his bunting. Kruger struck out swinging, one out.

Lowe took third on a passed ball.

Humphreys grounded out to third, Lowe scored, RBI, two outs.

Collins walked.

Marrero walked, Collins advanced to second.

Holland walked to load the bases.

Gridley struck out swinging, three outs.

2 R, 1 H, 0 E, 3 LOB

2-1 MSU

TOP 4TH

King singled up the middle.

Wrenn flew out to the warning track in left-center, one out.

King stole second.

Weber doubled off the wall in right scoring King, RBI.

RHP Noah Hughes in to pitch for MSU.

Curry singled through the right side, Weber advanced to third.

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

1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

2-2

BOTTOM 4TH

Robson with his second push bunt single of the game.

An errant pick off throw sends Robson to third.

Brown popped out to left, one out.

Lowe walked.

LHP Bo Tucker in to pitch for UGA.

Kruger struck out looking. That’s the hat trick for him, two outs.

Humphreys doubled to the wall in left scoring Robson and Lowe, 2 RBI.

Both dugouts come out and are clearly upset with one another.

Collins popped out to center, three outs.

2 R, 2 H, 1 E, 1 LOB

4-2 MSU

TOP 5TH

Kieboom booms a solo shot to left-center, RBI.

Talley also belts a solo homer, RBI.

LHP Daniel Brown in to pitch for MSU.

Moody tried to bunt for a hit but was unsuccessful, one out.

Webb struck out swinging, two outs.

King also tried to bunt for a hit and also failed, three outs.

2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

4-4

BOTTOM 5TH

Marerro reached on an infield single to short. Nice effort by King though.

Holland bunted Marrero to second, one out.

Gridley walked.

Robson singled up the middle scoring Marrero, RBI. Gridley advanced to third.

Brent Rooker pinch hitting for Brown. Rooker popped out to second, two outs.

Scott Stricklin, yes that Scott Stricklin, has arrived back from Bridgeport, Connecticut already.

Lowe struck out looking, three outs.

1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

5-4 MSU

TOP 6TH 

Wrenn walked.

Weber reached on an infield single to second, Wrenn advanced to second.

Wrenn stole third.

Curry struck out swinging, one out.

McGovern with a sacrifice fly to left to score Wrenn, RBI. Collins cut the throw home for no reason. Weber tagged up to second, two outs.

Weber took third on a wild pitch.

Kieboom walked.

Talley struck out swinging, three outs.

1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

5-5

BOTTOM 6TH

Kruger walked.

Humphreys grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, two outs.

Collins popped out to center, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

5-5

TOP 7TH

Moody struck out looking, one out.

Webb grounded out to third, two outs.

King popped out to second, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

5-5

BOTTOM 7TH

Marrero flew out to deep center, one out.

Holland robbed of a homer in right by Moody, two outs.

Gridley popped out to center, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

5-5

TOP 8TH

Wrenn struck out swinging, one out.

Weber singled to right.

Curry popped out to left, two outs.

McGovern walked, Weber advanced to second.

Kieboom walked to load the bases.

Talley walked on four pitches – three of which appeared to be strikes – to force in Weber, RBI. Bases still loaded.

RHP Zac Houston in to pitch for MSU.

Moody flares a single to shallow right scoring McGovern and Kieboom, 2 RBI. Talley advanced to second.

Webb grounded to short, Moody forced out at second, three outs.

3 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

8-5 UGA

BOTTOM 8TH

Robson singled to right. He has half of MSU’s hits today.

Rooker popped out to short, one out.

Lowe popped out to third, two outs.

Kruger walked, Robson advanced to second.

RHP Blakely Brown in to pitch for UGA.

Humphreys struck out on a check swing, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

8-5 UGA

TOP 9TH

King reached on an infield single to short and was awarded second on a throwing error by Gridley.

Wrenn singled up the middle scoring King, RBI.

Weber singled to center, Wrenn advanced to second.

Curry struck out on a check swing, one out.

McGovern walked to load the bases.

LHP Vance Tatum in to pitch for MSU.

Patrick Sullivan pinch hitting for Kieboom. Sullivan struck out swinging, two outs.

Talley doubled down the third baseline scoring Wrenn and Weber, 2 RBI. McGovern advanced to third.

This now the longest nine-inning game under Cohen.

Moody struck out looking, three outs.

3 R, 4 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

11-5 UGA

BOTTOM 9TH

Collins walked.

Marrero singled to center, Collins advanced to second.

Holland walked to load the bases.

Jake Mangum pinch hitting for Gridley. Mangum singled to right scoring Collins, RBI. Bases still loaded.

RHP Blake Cairnes in to pitch for UGA.

Robson reached on a fielder’s choice scoring Marrero, RBI. Holland advanced to third, Mangum forced out at second, one out.

Rooker flew out to the warning track in left, two outs.

Robson took second on a catcher’s indifference.

Lowe struck out looking, three outs.

3 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

FINAL: GEORGIA 11, MISSISSIPPI STATE 8

Hits: UGA 15, MSU 10

Errors: UGA 1, MSU 1

WP: Bo Tucker (3-1) 4.1 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 K, 3 BB

LP: Daniel Brown (2-2) 3.2 IP, 4 R, 2 H, 5 K, 5 BB

S: Blake Cairnes (1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 BB

Leading hitters: UGA- Skyler Weber 4-6, 2B, RBI, Trevor Kieboom 2-3, HR, RBI, LJ Talley 2-4, 2B, HR, 5 RBI, Nick King 2-5, Logan Moody 2-6, 2B, 2 RBI, Michael Curry 2-6; MSU – Jacob Robson 4-6, 2 RBI, Elih Marrero 2-4, Nathaniel Lowe 2-5, 2B, RBI, Reid Humphreys 1-5, 2B, 3 RBI.

Attendance: 7,512

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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