Live from Sewell-Thomas Stadium

sewell-thomas stadiumI got a preview of the renovations of Sewell-Thomas Stadium a couple of months ago when I came over for the basketball game but now that I’m inside the stadium I have to give Alabama a thumb’s up on this place. It’s an incredible upgrade. I’ve been coming to Alabama baseball games since I was a kid so it’s cool to see this stadium evolve. Alabama is wearing crimson hats and white uniforms while Mississippi State is wearing maroon hats, maroon “MS” jerseys and white pants. I’ll be here all weekend so stay tuned for updates. I’ll try to keep you updated on the NFL Draft as well.

STARTING LINEUPS

Mississippi State: 28-13-1, 10-8 SEC

CF- Jake Mangum, S/L, Fr., .429, HR, 21 RBI, SB

C- Jack Kruger, R/R, Jr., .325, 5 HR, 29 RBI, 2 SB

1B- Nathaniel Lowe, L/R, Jr., .329, 3 HR, 31 RBI, 2 SB

LF- Reid Humphreys, R/R, Jr., .333, 4 HR, 35 RBI

3B- Gavin Collins, R/R, Jr., .267, 7 HR, 24 RBI

DH- Brent Rooker, R/R, So., .324, 3 HR, 32 RBI, 2 SB

SS- Ryan Gridley, R/R, So., .288, 2 HR, 24 RBI, SB

RF- Cody Brown, L/R, Jr., .260, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 3 SB

2B- Hunter Stovall, R/R, Fr., .234, 13 RBI, 6 SB

RHP- Dakota Hudson, Jr. (5-3) 2.82 ERA, 70 K, 24 BB

Alabama: 24-18, 9-9 SEC

LF- Hunter Webb, R/R, Jr., .275, 10 RBI, 3 SB

CF- Georgie Salem, L/R, Sr., .216, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 5 SB

2B- Cobie Vance, R/R, Fr., .280, HR, 17 RBI, 2 SB

RF- Chandler Taylor, L/L, Fr., .239, 6 HR, 16 RBI, 2 SB

3B- Chance Vincent, R/R, Sr., .314, 25 RBI, 2 SB

1B- Cody Henry, S/R, So., .233, 18 RBI, 2 SB

DH- Keith Holcombe, L/L, Fr., .288, 6 RBI, 4 SB

C- Will Haynie, R/R, Jr., .181, 4 HR, 10 RBI

SS- Daniel Cucjen, R/R, Sr., .258, HR, 5 RBI, 2 SB

RHP- Geoffrey Bramblett, Jr. (3-2) 2.32 ERA, 55 K, 20 BB

TOP 1ST

Mangum singles through the left side on the first pitch of the game. He continues a 10-game hitting streak.

Kruger grounds out to short on a hit-and-run. Mangum advanced to second, one out.

Lowe dumps a single into center, Mangum advanced to third.

Humphreys with a sacrifice fly to the warning track in right scoring Mangum, RBI, two outs.

Collins grounded out to second, three outs.

1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

1-0 MSU

BOTTOM 1ST

Webb singled past a diving Lowe into right.

Salem walked on four pitches, Webb advanced to second.

Vance grounded out to second. Webb and Salem both moved into scoring position, one out.

Taylor singled past Lowe into right scoring Webb and Salem, 2 RBI.

Taylor caught stealing second, two outs.

Vincent grounded out to third, three outs.

2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-1 UA

TOP 2ND

Rooker grounded out to third, one out.

Gridley struck out swinging, two outs.

Brown grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-1 UA

BOTTOM 2ND

Henry lined off the foot of Hudson. It took him a bit to find the ball but recovered to make the out at first, one out.

Holcombe reached on a bunt single.

Haynie struck out swinging, Holcombe took second on a wild pitch.

Cucjen reached on a fielding error by Collins, Holcombe advanced to third.

Webb grounds to second, Cucjen forced out at second, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 1 E, 2 LOB

2-1 UA

TOP 3RD

Stovall reached on a fielding error by Bramblett. Stovall went down after hitting the first base bag. He walked off the field under his own power but John Holland will pinch run for him at first.

Mangum tripled to the gap in right-center, Holland scored, RBI.

Kruger walked.

Kruger stole second. Mangum scored on a throwing error by Haynie, Kruger advanced to third.

Lowe grounded out to second, Kruger scored, RBI.

Humphreys walked.

Collins unloads on a two-run homer to left. He leads the team with eight.

Rooker bounced out to short, two outs.

Gridley bounced out to second, three outs.

4 R, 1 H, 2 E, 0 LOB

6-2 MSU

BOTTOM 3RD

Salem grounded out to first, one out.

Vance grounded out to short, two outs.

Taylor struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

6-2 MSU

TOP 4TH

Brown flew out to left, one out.

Holland fouled out to third, two outs.

Mangum flew out to center, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

6-2 MSU

BOTTOM 4TH

Vincent lined out to first. Great diving stab by Lowe, one out.

Henry reached on a fielding error by Holland.

Holcombe doubled down the third baseline scoring Henry, RBI.

Haynie struck out swinging, two outs.

Cucjen struck out swinging, three outs.

1 R, 1 H, 1 E, 1 LOB

6-3 MSU

TOP 5TH

Kruger walked.

Lowe bounced out to the pitcher, Kruger advanced to second, one out.

Humphreys flew out to right, two outs.

Collins grounded out to third, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

6-3 MSU

BOTTOM 5TH

Webb singled to center.

Salem walked, Webb advanced to second.

Vance grounded into a 5-4-3 double play. Webb advanced to third, two outs.

Taylor tripled to left scoring Webb, RBI. Humphreys lost it in the lights I guess.

Vincent bounced out to second, three outs.

1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

6-4 MSU

TOP 6TH

Rooker popped out to short, one out.

Gridley fouled out to left, two outs.

Brown struck out looking, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

6-4 MSU

BOTTOM 6TH

LHP Daniel Brown in to pitch for MSU.

Henry doubled to left.

Henry took third on a wild pitch.

Holcombe walked.

Haynie singled to center scoring Henry, RBI. Holcombe advanced to second.

RHP Keegan James in to pitch for MSU.

Cucjen bunted both runners into scoring position, one out.

RHP Blake Smith in to pitch for MSU. He pitched in Tuscaloosa last year for Shelton State.

Webb struck out on a check swing, two outs.

Salem grounded out to first, three outs.

1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

6-5 MSU

TOP 7TH

LHP Jon Keller in to pitch for UA.

Holland struck out on a check swing, one out.

Mangum grounded out to second, two outs.

Kruger singled to center.

Kruger took second on a wild pitch.

Lowe walked.

Kruger comes around to score on an errant pickoff throw by Keller at first. Lowe advanced to second.

Humphreys chopped out to short, three outs.

1 R, 1 H, 1 E, 1 LOB

7-5 MSU

BOTTOM 7TH

Vance grounded out to second, one out.

Taylor walked.

Vincent popped out to second, two outs.

Henry struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

7-5 MSU

TOP 8TH

Collins doubled to the wall in right.

Rooker struck out swinging, one out.

Gridley intentionally walked.

Brown struck out looking, two outs.

Holland struck out looking, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

7-5 MSU

BOTTOM 8TH

Holcombe struck out swinging, one out.

Haynie struck out swinging, two outs.

Cucjen popped out to short, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

7-5 MSU

TOP 9TH

RHP Mike Oczypok in to pitch for UA.

Mangum with an infield single to second.

Kruger doubled over the first baseman’s head, Mangum advanced to third.

LHP Dylan Duarte in to pitch for UA.

Lowe singled to center scoring Mangum and Kruger, 2 RBI.

Mike Smith pinch hitting for Humphreys. Smith singled to left, Lowe advanced to second.

Collins flew out to center, Lowe tagged up to third, one out.

Rooker with a three-run bomb to the playground in left. That’s his fourth of the year.

Gridley struck out swinging, three outs.

Brown struck out looking, three outs.

5 R, 5 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

12-5 MSU

BOTTOM 9TH

Webb flew out to center, one out.

Salem grounded out to the pitcher, two outs.

Vance hit by pitch.

Taylor flew out to center, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

FINAL: NO. 4 MISSISSIPPI STATE 12, ALABAMA 5

MSU 105 000 105 – 12 11 2

UA 200 111 000 – 5 8 3

WP: Dakota Hudson (6-3) LP: Geoffrey Bramblett (3-3) S: Blake Smith (2)

Multiple hits: (MSU) Jake Mangum 3, Jack Kruger, Nathaniel Lowe, Gavin Collins (UA) Hunter Webb, Chandler Taylor, Keith Holcombe 2B: (MSU) Kruger, Collins (UA) Holcombe, Cody Henry 3B: Mangum (UA) Taylor HR: (MSU) Collins, Brent Rooker

DP: MSU 1 LOB: MSU 5, UA 8 T: 3:40 A: 4064

Records: Mississippi State 29-13-1, 11-8 SEC; Alabama 24-19, 9-10 SEC

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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