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No. 4 Mississippi State goes for its seventh SEC series win tonight taking on Missouri again after last night’s 8-2 victory. It’s graduation next door in the Hump. I feel sorry for all those families that are forced to sit in there for hours. That’s why I just skipped out on graduation and picked up my diploma a few weeks later. It didn’t make me any less graduated. Tonight’s game will be televised on ESPNU. The Bulldogs will wear maroon hats, maroon “MS” jerseys and white pants while the Tigers are clad in black hats and grey uniforms.

STARTING LINEUPS

Missouri: 24-23, 7-15 SEC

2B- Connor Brumfield, L/L, Fr., .230, 18 RBI, 5 SB

CF- Jake Ring, L/L, Jr., .324, HR, 20 RBI, 23 SB

SS- Ryan Howard, R/R, Jr., .295, 5 HR, 25 RBI, 10 SB

1B- Zach Lavy, L/R, Sr., .352, 6 HR, 48 RBI, 3 SB

C- Brett Bond, S/R, So., .221, 7 HR, 27 RBI, 4 SB

LF- Trey Harris, R/R, So., .229, HR, 32 RBI, 10 SB

DH- Shane Benes, R/R, So., .215, 5 HR, 27 RBI, 3 SB

3B- Ian Nelson, L/R, Fr., .211, 12 RBI

RF- Kirby McGuire, R/R, Jr., .231, 2 HR, 10 RBI

RHP- Tanner Houck, So. (4-4) 3.12 ERA, 81 K, 20 BB

Mississippi State: 31-14-1, 13-9 SEC

LF- Jake Mangum, S/L, Fr., .431, HR, 23 RBI, SB

DH- Jack Kruger, R/R, Jr., .338, 5 HR, 29 RBI, 4 SB

1B- Nathaniel Lowe, L/R, Jr., .344, 4 HR, 37 RBI, 2 SB

3B- Gavin Collins, R/R, Jr., .278, 8 HR, 27 RBI

CF- Jacob Robson, L/R, Jr., .358, HR, 20 RBI, 13 SB

RF- Brent Rooker, R/R, So., .322, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 2 SB

C- Elih Marrero, S/R, Fr., .258, 11 RBI, 2 SB

SS- Ryan Gridley, R/R, So., .275, 2 HR, 26 RBI, SB

2B- John Holland, L/R, Sr., .206, 7 RBI

RHP- Austin Sexton, Jr. (4-2) 3.69 ERA, 62 K, 18 BB

TOP 1ST

Sexton’s first pitch is inside for a ball.

Brumfield popped out to left, one out.

Ring grounded out to first, two outs.

Howard struck out swinging, three outs on six pitches.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 1ST

Mangum grounded out to third on the first pitch, one out.

Kruger grounded out to first, two outs.

Lowe reached on a chopper to short and is now 6-for-6 in the series.

Collins flew out to right, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 2ND

Lavy singled to center.

Lavy stole second. The throw was there but Lavy’s slide knocked the ball out of Holland’s glove.

Bond struck out swinging, one out.

Harris chopped out to short, Lavy advanced to third, two outs.

Benes grounded out to short. Great play by Gridley to make the diving stop up the middle to save the run, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 2ND

Robson struck out swinging, one out.

Rooker struck out looking on a 95 MPH fastball, two outs.

Marrero lined out to center, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 3RD

Nelson struck out swinging, one out.

McGuire singled to left.

Brumfield walked, McGuire advanced to second.

Both runners advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch.

Ring doubled to the wall in right scoring McGuire and Brumfield, 2 RBI.

Howard popped out to right, two outs.

Lavy grounded out to the pitchers, three outs.

2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

2-0 MU

BOTTOM 3RD

Gridley popped out to short, one out.

Holland grounded out to second, two outs.

Mangum reached on an infield single to short.

Kruger struck out looking, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

2-0 MU

TOP 4TH 

Bond grounded out to short, one out.

Harris chops out to second, two outs.

Benes lined out to the warning track in center, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-0 MU

BOTTOM 4TH

Lowe grounded out to second, one out.

Collins singled through the left side.

Robson walked, Collins advanced to second.

Rooker reached on a fielder’s choice, Robson advanced to second. Collins forced out at third, two outs.

Marrero lined out to third, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

2-0 MU

TOP 5TH

Nelson grounded out to short, one out.

McGuire struck out swinging, two outs.

Brumfield lined out to left, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-0 MU

BOTTOM 5TH

Marquise Doherty in LF for MU.

Gridley with a Texas League single to center.

Holland struck out swinging, one out.

Mangum flew out to left, two outs.

Kruger grounded out to short, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

2-0 MU

TOP 6TH

Ring singled through the right side.

Howard bunted Ring over to second and reached second himself on a throwing error by Marrero. Ring ended up at third.

Lavy struck out swinging but the pitch is in the dirt. Marrero gets to it but doesn’t make an attempt to throw it to first. Don’t know what happened there. Bases loaded.

Bond popped out to short, one out.

Doherty struck out looking, two outs.

Benes chopped out to third, three outs. Heck of a pitching job by Sexton to work out of the jam.

0 R, 1 H, 2 E, 3 LOB

2-0 MU

BOTTOM 6TH

Lowe struck out swinging, one out.

Collins singled to left.

Robson reached on a fielding error by Nelson, Collins advanced to second.

Rooker flew out to the warning track in right, Colllins tagged up to third, two outs.

Marrero reached on a fielding error by Howard, Collins scored. Robson advanced to second.

Gridley grounded out to third. Great play by Nelson in the hole, three outs.

1 R, 1 H, 2 E, 2 LOB

2-1 MU

TOP 7TH

Nelson popped out to center, one out.

McGuire grounded out to short, two outs.

Brumfield struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-1 MU

BOTTOM 7TH

Johnny Balsamo now in LF for MU.

Holland reached on a fielding error by Brumfield.

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

Kruger grounded out to first, Mangum advanced to second, two outs.

Lowe doubled to left scoring Mangum, RBI.

Collins grounded out to short, three outs.

1 R, 1 H, 1 E, 1 LOB

2-2

TOP 8TH

Ring lined out to left, one out.

Howard struck out on a check swing, two outs.

Lavy grounded out to short. It was hit up the middle but State had him scouted perfectly, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-2

BOTTOM 8TH

Robson singled up the middle.

Robson stole second.

Cody Brown pinch hitting for Rooker with an 0-1 count. Brown reached on a bunt single, Robson advanced to third.

Marrero walked to load the bases.

Gridley with a sacrifice fly to left scoring Robson, RBI. Brown tagged up to third and Marrero to second, one out.

Houck exits to a standing ovation from the MSU crowd. LHP Austin Tribby in to pitch for MU.

Holland with a sacrifice fly to left scoring Brown, RBI, two outs.

Mangum flew out to left, three outs.

2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

4-2 MSU

TOP 9TH

Bond hit on the first pitch.

RHP Reid Humphreys in to pitch for MSU.

Balsamo singled to left, Bond advanced to second.

Benes flew out to right, one out.

Brian Sharp pinch hitting for Nelson. Sharp chops a single to right scoring Bond, RBI. Balsamo advanced to third.

McGuire struck out swinging, two outs.

LHP Daniel Brown in to pitch for MSU.

Brumfield grounded out to third, three outs.

FINAL: NO. 4 MISSISSIPPI STATE 4, MISSOURI 3

Hits: MSU 8, MU 6

Errors: MSU 1, MU 3

WP: Austin Sexton (5-2) 8 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 8 K, 1 BB

LP: Tanner Houck (4-5) 7.1 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 5 K, 2 BB

S: Daniel Brown (2) 0.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 K, 0 BB

Leading hitters: MSU – Nathaniel Lowe 2-4, 2B, RBI, Gavin Collins 2-4; MU – Jake Ring 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Attendance: 6,904

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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