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In the famous words of Ernie Banks, “Let’s play two”. That’s what No. 4 Mississippi State and Alabama will do today after last night’s rainout. The Bulldogs and Crimson Tide will play a pair of seven inning games which may be good news for MSU since it’s avoid the dreaded eighth inning. Saw Hunter Stovall on crutches and a leg stabilizer on his left leg during batting practice so that’s not a good sign for the Diamond Dogs. I’ve got one eye on the NFL Draft as well and will update you on here if any State players come off the board on the final day. The Bulldogs will wear their gray uniforms with maroon pinstripes and Alabama is wearing camo hats, crimson jerseys and white pants with crimson pinstripes.

STARTING LINEUPS

Mississippi State: 29-13-1, 11-8 SEC

RF- Jake Mangum, S/L, Fr., .436, HR, 22 RBI, SB

DH- Jack Kruger, R/R, Jr., .333, 5 HR, 29 RBI, 3 SB

1B- Nathaniel Lowe, L/R, Jr., .333, 3 HR, 34 RBI, 2 SB

3B- Gavin Collins, R/R, Jr., .271, 8 HR, 26 RBI

LF- Reid Humphreys, R/R, Jr., .328, 4 HR, 36 RBI

CF- Jacob Robson, L/R, Jr., .372, HR, 19 RBI, 12 SB

C- Elih Marrero, S/R, Fr., .266, 11 RBI, 2 SB

SS- Ryan Gridley, R/R, So., .280, 2 HR, 24 RBI, SB

2B- Luke Alexander, S/R, Fr., .233, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 2 SB

RHP- Austin Sexton, Jr. (4-2) 3.62 ERA, 59 K, 17 BB

Alabama: 24-19, 9-10 SEC

LF- Hunter Webb, R/R, Jr., .282, 10 RBI, 3 SB

CF- Georgie Salem, L/R, Sr., .212, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 5 SB

2B- Cobie Vance, R/R, Fr., .273, HR, 17 RBI, 2 SB

RF- Chandler Taylor, L/L, Fr., .247, 6 HR, 19 RBI, 2 SB

3B- Chance Vincent, R/R, Sr., .306, 25 RBI, 2 SB

1B- Cody Henry, S/R, So., .234, 18 RBI, 2 SB

DH- Keith Holcombe, L/L, Fr., .306, 7 RBI, 4 SB

C- Will Haynie, R/R, Jr., .183, 4 HR, 10 RBI

SS- Daniel Cucjen, R/R, Sr., .246, HR, 5 RBI, 2 SB

RHP- Jake Walters, So. (4-3) 1.89 ERA, 56 K, 22 BB

TOP 1ST

Dak Prescott was drafted in the fourth round (135th overall) by the Dallas Cowboys.

Mangum first pitch swinging and ends up with an infield single to short.

Mangum picked off first. John Cohen out to argue.

Kruger reached on a fielding error by Cucjen.

Lowe struck out looking, Kruger stole second, two outs.

Collins grounded out to third. Great diving stop by Vincent and scoop by Henry, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 1 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 1ST

Webb laid down a bunt on the first pitch but Sexton threw him out at first, one out.

Salem walked.

Vance chopped a single over Collins into left, Salem advanced to second.

Taylor gave it a ride but it’s caught at the warning track in right, Salem tagged up to third, two outs.

Vincent lined out to third. Nice leaping snag by Collins, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 2ND

Humphreys struck out swinging, one out.

Robson grounded out to second in his first at bat in a while, two outs.

Marrero grounded out to third, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 2ND

Henry singled to left.

Holcombe struck out looking, one out.

Haynie popped out to short, two outs.

Cucjen grounded out to short, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 3RD

Just saw Josh Lovelady at the game. He’s got a brace on his left knee.

Gridley reached on an infield single to short.

Alexander fouled strike three into the catcher’s mitt, one out.

Mangum lined into a 4-3 double play, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 3RD

Webb struck out swinging, one out.

Salem popped out to short, two outs.

Vance grounded out to short, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 4TH

Kruger singled through the left side.

Lowe struck out swinging, one out.

Collins singled to left, Kruger advanced to second.

Humphreys tripled to right scoring Kruger and Collins, 2 RBI.

Robson walked.

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

2 R, 3 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-0 MSU

BOTTOM 4TH

Taylor singled through the right side.

Vincent singled through the left side, Taylor advanced to second.

Henry struck out swinging, one out.

Taylor and Vincent both move into scoring position after a balk.

Holcombe grounded out to second, Taylor scored, RBI. Vincent advanced to third, two outs.

RHP Jacob Billingsley in to pitch for MSU. He inherits a 2-2 count.

Haynie doubled off the wall in left-center scoring Vincent, RBI.

Cucjen struck out on a check swing, three outs.

2 R, 3 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

2-2

TOP 5TH

Gridley grounded out to second, one out.

Cole Gordon pinch hitting for Alexander. Gordon popped out to first, two outs.

Mangum grounded out to short, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-2

BOTTOM 5TH

John Holland in at second for MSU.

Webb walked.

Webb took second on a wild pitch.

LHP Ethan Small in to pitch for MSU. He inherits a 2-0 count.

Salem walked on a 3-2 pitch.

RHP Ryan Rigby in to pitch for MSU.

Vance reached on a fielder’s choice, Webb advanced to third. Salem forced out at second, one out.

Taylor walked to load the bases.

Vincent grounded into a U-4-3 double play, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

2-2

TOP 6TH

Kruger singled up the middle.

Lowe reached on a fielder’s choice, Kruger forced out at second, one out.

Collins singled to left, Lowe advanced to second.

Humphreys struck out swinging, two outs.

Robson struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

2-2

BOTTOM 6TH

Henry grounded out to second, one out.

Holcombe grounded out to third, two outs.

Haynie grounded out to short, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-2

TOP 7TH

Marrero grounded out to short, one out.

RHP Matt Foster in to pitch for UA.

Gridley lined out to center, two outs.

Holland struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-2

BOTTOM 7TH

Cucjen grounded out to short, one out.

Webb grounded out to third. Fine play by Collins on the slow roller, two outs.

Salem singled up the middle.

Vance grounded out to third, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

2-2

TOP 8TH

Mangum strikes out swinging for just the eighth time in 121 at bats.

Kruger popped out to second, two outs.

Lowe singled through the right side.

Collins grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

2-2

BOTTOM 8TH

Taylor walked.

Vincent bunts Taylor to second, one out.

Henry intentionally walked.

LHP Daniel Brown in to pitch for MSU.

Holcombe struck out swinging, two outs.

RHP Zac Houston in to pitch for MSU.

Haynie flew out to left, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

2-2

TOP 9TH

Humphreys walked.

Mike Smith pinch running for Humphreys.

Robson reached on a fielding error by Vance. Smith advanced to third.

Marrero lined out to short. Cucjen climbed the ladder on that.

Gridley with a sacrifice fly to right scoring Smith, RBI, two outs.

Robson picked off first, three outs.

1 R, 0 H, 1 E, 0 LOB

3-2 MSU

BOTTOM 9TH

Cucjen walked on four pitches.

RHP Ryan Cyr in to pitch for MSU.

Webb bunts Cucjen to second, one out.

Salem walked.

RHP Paul Young in to pitch for MSU.

Vance walked to load the bases.

RHP Blake Smith in to pitch for MSU.

Taylor walks forcing in Salem to tie the game, RBI. Bases still loaded.

Vincent singled up the middle scoring Vance, RBI.

1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 3 LOB

FINAL: ALABAMA 4, NO. 4 MISSISSIPPI STATE 3

MSU 000 200 001 – 3 8 0

UA 000 200 002 – 4 7 2

WP: Matt Foster (5-3) LP: Ryan Cyr (1-1)

Multiple hits: (MSU) Jack Kruger, Gavin Collins (UA) Chance Vincent 2B: (UA) Will Haynie 3B: (MSU) Reid Humphreys

DP: MSU 1, UA 2 LOB: MSU 5, UA 12 T: 4:04 A: ?

GAME 2

Lineups weren’t handed out until late so I will just update as the game goes.

TOP 1ST

RHP Nick Eicholtz, So. (3-1, 2.16 ERA, 23 K, 10 BB) starting on the mound for UA.

RF Mangum flew out to left, one out.

C Kruger fouled out to right, two outs.

1B Lowe grounded out to short, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 1ST

LHP Konnor Pilkington, Fr. (1-1, 2.55 ERA, 23 K, 13 BB) starting on the mound for MSU.

LF Webb fouled out to first, one out.

CF Salem walked, the 11th of the day.

2B Vance lined out to center, two outs.

MSU DE Ryan Brown announced he’s signed a free agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.

RF Taylor popped out to right, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 2ND

3B Collins struck out and slung his bat 3/4 of the way down the third base foul line, one out.

DH Brent Rooker reached second on a fielding error by Webb.

Rooker took third on a wild pitch.

LF Humphreys singled to right-center scoring Rooker, RBI.

MSU LB Beniquez Brown has signed a free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers.

CF Robson grounded out to short, Humphreys advanced to second.

SS Gridley singled to center scoring Humphreys, RBI.

2B Alexander struck out swinging, three outs.

2 R, 2 H, 1 E, 1 LOB

2-0 MSU

BOTTOM 2ND

3B Vincent grounded out to the pitcher, one out.

1B Henry grounded out to short, two outs.

DH Holcombe struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-0 MSU

TOP 3RD

Mangum grounded out to second, one out.

Kruger walked.

Lowe struck out swinging, two outs.

Collins singled to left, Kruger advanced to third, two outs.

Rooker grounded out to third, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

2-0 MSU

BOTTOM 3RD

C Haynie struck out swinging, one out.

SS Cucjen reached on a bunt single.

Webb reached on a fielder’s choice. Cucjen advanced to second after Alexander dropped a potential double play throw.

Holland now in at second base for MSU.

CB Taveze Calhoun has signed a free agent contract with the Chicago Bears.

Salem struck out swinging, two outs.

Vance popped out to left, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 1 E, 2 LOB

2-0 MSU

TOP 4TH

Humphreys reached on a fielding error by Vance.

Robson struck out swinging, one out.

Gridley popped out to first, two outs.

Holland struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 1 E, 1 LOB

2-0 MSU

BOTTOM 4TH

Taylor walked.

Vincent reached on a fielder’s choice, Taylor forced out at second, one out.

Henry reached on a fielder’s choice, Vicent forced out at second, two outs.

Holcombe struck out looking, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

2-0 MSU

TOP 5TH 

Mangum grounded out to third, one out.

Kruger fouled out to left, two outs.

Lowe flew out to center, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-0 MSU

BOTTOM 5TH

Haynie struck out swinging, one out.

Cucjen grounded out to third, two outs.

Webb struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-0 MSU

TOP 6TH

Collins grounded out to third, one out.

Rooker fouled out to first, two outs.

Humphreys singled to left.

Robson grounded out to first, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

2-0 MSU

BOTTOM 6TH

Salem singled to center.

Vance grounded out to the pitcher, Salem advanced to second, one out.

Taylor struck out swinging, two outs.

Vincent singled to center scoring Salem, RBI.

LHP Daniel Brown in to pitch for MSU.

Henry walked, Vincent advanced to second.

Gene Wood pinch running for Vincent.

Holcombe struck out swinging on a 3-2 94 MPH fastball, three outs.

1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

2-1 MSU

TOP 7TH

LHP Thomas Burrows in to pitch for UA.

Gridley’s bunt for a hit attempt fails, one out.

Holland popped out to short, two outs.

Mangum grounded out to third, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-1 MSU

BOTTOM 7TH

Haynie struck out swinging, one out.

Cucjen lined out to left, two outs.

Webb popped out to second, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

FINAL: NO. 4 MISSISSIPPI STATE 2, ALABAMA 1

MSU 020 000 0 – 2 4 1

UA 000 001 0 – 1 3 2

WP: Konnor Pilkington (2-1) LP: Nick Eicholtz (3-2) S: Daniel Brown (1)

Multiple hits: (MSU) Reid Humphreys

LOB: MSU 5, UA 6 T: 2:40 A: 6644

Records: Mississippi State 30-14-1, 12-9 SEC; Alabama 25-20, 10-11 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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