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Dudy Noble Field

Dudy Noble Field

It’s an overcast and chilly evening for baseball as No. 2 Mississippi State hosts Memphis in midweek action. This is a makeup game for a rainout way back on Feb. 23. It’s Hump Day so of course there’s a live camel here at the ballpark as well. The Bulldogs are clad in maroon hats and their white “MS” uniforms. Memphis is wearing blue hats and grey uniforms. Not too many folks here for this one but I’m sure that will change for Super Bulldog Weekend starting on Friday.

Starting lineups:

Memphis (12-20)

3B- Zach Schritenthal, L/R, Jr., .277, 21 RBI, 9 SB

RF- Jake Little, R/R, Sr., .322, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 10 SB

2B- Brandon Grudzielanek, R/R, Jr., .289, 3 HR, 25 RBI, 5 SB

DH- Andy Bowman, L/R, Jr., .263, HR, 9 RBI

LF- Chris Carrier, R/R, Jr., .277, 3 HR, 20 RBI, 9 SB

1B- Jacob Elliott, L/R, So., .304, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 4 SB

CF- Darien Tubbs, R/L, Jr., .274, HR, 15 RBI, 11 SB

C- Damo DeMatteo, R/R, Sr., .125, 2 RBI

SS- Jake Overbey, R/R, Sr., .159, HR, 8 RBI, SB

RHP- James Muse, Fr. (0-2) 10.12 ERA, 14 K, 12 BB

Mississippi State (23-9-1)

CF- Jake Mangum, S/R, Fr., .437, HR, 16 RBI, SB

C- Elih Marrero, S/R, Fr., .309, 10 RBI, 2 SB

1B- Nathaniel Lowe, L/R, Jr., .323, 2 HR, 23 RBI, 2 SB

3B- Gavin Collins, R/R, Jr., .267, 5 HR, 19 RBI

LF- Reid Humphreys, R/R, Jr., .330, 3 HR, 26 RBI

DH- Jack Kruger, R/R, Jr., .350, 4 HR, 27 RBI, 2 SB

RF- Brent Rooker, R/R, So., .340, 2 HR, 25 RBI, 2 SB

SS- Ryan Gridley, R/R, So., .311, 2 HR, 20 RBI, SB

2B- John Holland, L/R, Sr., .244, 4 RBI

RHP- Keegan James, Fr., (2-0) 2.87 ERA, 7 K, 4 BB

TOP 1ST

James’ first pitch is a called strike.

Schritenthal struck out swinging on three pitches, one out.

Little grounded out to third, two outs.

Grudzielanek reached on a fielding error by Lowe. That’s his first of the season.

Grudzielanek took second on a passed ball.

Bowman struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 1 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 1ST

Mangum walked.

Mangum took second on a wild pitch.

Marrero popped out to left, one out.

Lowe walked.

Collins grounded 1-6-3 double play, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 2ND

Carrier doubled down the third baseline.

Elliott singled up the middle to score Carrier, RBI. Elliott took second on the throw to the plate.

Tubbs lined out to short, one out.

RHP Jacob Billingsley in to pitch for MSU.

Elliott advanced to third on a wild pitch.

DeMatteo walked on four pitches that weren’t even close.

DeMatteo caught stealing second, two outs.

LHP Kale Breaux in to pitch for MSU. Billingsley only threw five pitches, all balls. None were even close.

Overbey struck out looking, three outs.

1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

1-0 UM

BOTTOM 2ND

Humphreys singled to left.

Kruger struck out looking, one out.

Rooker belts a two-run homer to left. That’s his third on the year.

Gridley grounded out to short, two outs.

Holland grounded out to first, three outs.

2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-1 MSU

TOP 3RD

Schritenthal grounded out to short, one out.

Little struck out swinging, two outs.

Breaux struck out looking, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-1 MSU

BOTTOM 3RD

Mangum grounded out to first, one out.

Marrero singled to right-center.

Lowe doubled to the wall in right, Marrero advanced to third.

Collins walked to load the bases.

Humphreys doubled to the wall in left-center, Marrero and Lowe scored, 2 RBI. Collins advanced to third.

RHP Alex Hicks in to pitch for UM.

Kruger struck out swinging, two outs.

Rooker grounded out to short, three outs.

2 R, 3 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

4-1 MSU

TOP 4TH

Bowman walked.

Elliott popped out to second, one out.

Elliott singled to right, Bowman advanced to third.

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

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

4-1 MSU

BOTTOM 4TH

Gridley popped out to right, one out.

Holland struck out swinging, two outs.

Mangum struck out looking, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

4-1 MSU

TOP 5TH

RHP Ryan Cyr in to pitch for MSU.

DeMatteo struck out swinging, one out.

Overbey grounded out to third. Great play by Collins at the hot corner, two outs.

Schritenthal singled to center.

Little grounded to second, Schritenthal forced out at second, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

4-1 MSU

BOTTOM 5TH

Marrero grounded out to first, one out.

Lowe struck out looking, two outs.

Collins launches his team-leading sixth homer to left, RBI.

Humphreys reached on an infield single to third.

Cole Gordon pinch hitting for Kruger.

LHP Hunter Smith in to pitch for UM.

Gordon hit by pitch, Humphreys advanced to second.

Rooker hit by pitch to load the bases.

Gridley singled to left scoring Humphreys and Gordon, 2 RBI. Rooker advanced to second.

Holland popped out to right, three outs.

3 R, 3 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

7-1 MSU

TOP 6TH

Grudzielanek walked.

Attendance is 7,043. It’s the highest midweek total this year. It’s also more than Florida’s school-record crowd last Saturday.

Bowman reached on a fielder’s choice, Grudzielanek forced out at second, one out.

Carrier grounded into a 5-4-3 double play, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

7-1 MSU

BOTTOM 6TH

LHP Colton Neel in to pitch for UM.

Mangum with a seeing-eye single up the middle.

Marrero reached on a fielder’s choice, Mangum forced out at second, one out.

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

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

7-1 MSU

TOP 7TH

LHP Ethan Small in to pitch for MSU.

Elliott reached on an infield single to short.

Tubbs struck out swinging, one out

Corey Chafin pinch hitting for DeMatteo. Chafin struck out swinging, two outs.

Trent Turner pinch hitting for Overbey. Turner walked on a very close 3-2 pitch.

Schritenthal grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

7-1 MSU

BOTTOM 7TH

Grudzielanek moves to short, Turner to second and Jason Santana enters at catcher for UM.

Collins walked.

Humphreys walked, Collins advanced to second.

Hunter Stovall pinch hitting for Gordon. Stovall tried to bunt Collins to third but was unsuccessful.

RHP Trey McNickle in to pitch for UM.

Rooker doubled off the wall in left scoring Humphreys, RBI. Stovall advanced to third. Rooker nearly had his second dinger of the night.

Gridley with a sacrifice fly to left scoring Stovall, RBI, two outs.

LHP Drew Crosby in to pitch for UM.

Holland struck out swinging, three outs.

2 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

9-1 MSU

TOP 8TH

LHP Daniel Brown in to pitch for MSU.

Little grounded out to second, one out.

Grudzielanek struck out swinging, two outs.

Bowman grounded out to short. Fine play by Gridley, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

9-1 MSU

BOTTOM 8TH

LHP Alex Smith in to pitch for UM.

Mangum grounded out to second, one out.

Marrero popped out to second, two outs.

Lowe singled through the right side.

Luke Alexander pinch hitting for Collins. Alexander belts a two-run homer to left. That’s his second blast of the year.

Mike Smith pinch hitting for Humphreys. Smith beats out an infield single to third by a step but first base ump Jeff Head calls him out. Guess he’s ready to go home too, three outs.

2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

11-1 MSU

TOP 9TH

Smith now in right, Cody Brown enters in left, LHP Vance Tatum in to pitch for MSU.

Carrier flew out to center, one out.

Elliott grounded out to second, two outs.

Dylan Vuncannon pinch hitting for Tubbs. Vuncannon walked.

Santana lined out to third, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

FINAL: NO. 2 MISSISSIPPI STATE 11, MEMPHIS 1

Hits: MSU 12, UM 5

Errors: MSU 1, UM 0

WP: Kale Breaux (2-1) 2.1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 K, 1 BB

LP: James Muse (0-3) 2.1 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 K, 3 BB

Leading hitters: MSU – Reid Humphreys 3-3, 2B, 2 RBI, Brent Rooker 2-3, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, Nathaniel Lowe 2-4, 2B, Luke Alexander 1-1, HR, 2 RBI, Gavin Collins 1-2, HR, RBI; UM – Jacob Elliott 3-3, RBI

Attendance: 7,043

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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