Live from Dudy Noble Field

Dudy Noble Field

Dudy Noble Field

I’ve arrived at the ballpark on a beautiful afternoon here in Starkville. No. 4 Mississippi State is going for that elusive SEC sweep this afternoon against Missouri. The Bulldogs are wearing maroon hats and their white out uniforms while the Tigers are clad in black hats with yellow bills, gray jerseys and white pants. Today’s game is not televised but can be streamed on SEC Network +.

STARTING LINEUPS

Missouri: 24-24, 7-16 SEC

2B- Connor Brumfield, L/L, Fr., .224, 18 RBI, 5 SB

CF- Jake Ring, L/L, Jr., .328, HR, 22 RBI, 23 SB

SS- Ryan Howard, R/R, Jr., .290, 5 HR, 25 RBI, 10 SB

1B- Zach Lavy, L/R, Sr., .350, 6 HR, 48 RBI, 4 SB

C- Brett Bond, S/R, So., .217, 7 HR, 27 RBI, 4 SB

DH- Shane Benes, R/R, So., .209, 5 HR, 27 RBI, 3 SB

3B- Brian Sharp, L/R, Fr., .248, 15 RBI, SB

RF- Kirby McGuire, R/R, Jr., .232, 2 HR, 10 RBI

LF- Johnny Balsamo, L/R, So., .200, RBI, SB

RHP- Cole Bartlett, So. (3-4) 3.45 ERA, 23 K, 9 BB

Mississippi State: 32-14-1, 14-9 SEC

RF- Jake Mangum, S/L, Fr., .422, HR, 23 RBI, SB

C- Jack Kruger, R/R, Jr., .329, 5 HR, 29 RBI, 4 SB

1B- Nathaniel Lowe, L/R, Jr., .348, 4 HR, 38 RBI, 2 SB

3B- Gavin Collins, R/R, Jr., .284, 8 HR, 27 RBI

CF- Jacob Robson, L/R, Jr., .357, HR, 20 RBI, 14 SB

RF- Brent Rooker, R/R, So., .316, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 2 SB

LF- Reid Humphreys, R/R, Jr., .331, 4 HR, 39 RBI

SS- Ryan Gridley, R/R, So., .276, 2 HR, 27 RBI, SB

2B- John Holland, L/R, Sr., .197, 8 RBI

LHP – Konnor Pilkington, Fr. (2-1) 2.37 ERA, 30 K, 12 BB

TOP 1ST

Pilkington’s first pitch is a called strike.

Brumfield singled up the middle.

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

Howard grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 1ST

Mangum grounded out to second, one out.

Kruger reached on an infield single to short.

Lowe singled to center, Kruger advanced to second. Lowe is now 8 for his last 10.

Collins singled to left scoring Kruger, RBI. Lowe advanced to second. That’s now a 10-game hitting streak for Collins.

Robson bunted Lowe and Collins into scoring position, two outs.

Rooker flew out to left, three outs.

1 R, 3 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

1-0 MSU

TOP 2ND

Lavy struck out swinging, one out.

Bond struck out on a check swing, two outs.

Benes singled through the left side.

Sharp walked, Benes advanced to second.

McGuire grounded to third, Benes forced out at third, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

1-0 MSU

BOTTOM 2ND

Humphreys flew out to the warning track in left-center. Ring caught it as he crashed against the wall, one out.

Gridley singled through the right side.

Holland reached on a fielder’s choice, Gridley forced out at second. Was nearly a double play but Bartlett missed first base as he was coming over to cover, two outs.

Mangum singled to left, Holland advanced to second.

Kruger reached on an infield single to short. Holland tried to score but was thrown out at the plate. He slid in hard and Bond took a swing at him and missed, three outs.

0 R, 3 H, 0 E 2 LOB

1-0 MSU

TOP 3RD

Balsamo struck out swinging, one out.

Brumfield grounded out to short, two outs.

Ring flew out to right, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

1-0 MSU

BOTTOM 3RD

LHP Michael Plassmeyer in to pitch for MU.

Lowe singled up the middle. He’s now 9-for-11.

Collins popped up a single into no man’s land in center, Lowe advanced to second.

Robson struck out looking, one out.

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

Humphreys struck out looking, three outs.

0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

1-0 MSU

TOP 4TH

Howard flew out to center, one out.

Lavy grounded out to short, two outs.

Bond singled through the left side.

Benes struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

1-0 MSU

BOTTOM 4TH

Gridley lined out to center. Ball hung up long enough for Ring to make a diving catch, one out.

Holland hit by pitch. Wonder if that had some purpose behind it.

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

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

1-0 MSU

TOP 5TH

Sharp singled to left.

McGuire singled through the left side, Sharp advanced to second.

LHP Daniel Brown in to pitch for MSU.

Balsamo bunted back to the pitcher but Brown couldn’t get corral it to get the out at third. Instead he gets nobody out.

Brumfield reached on a fielder’s choice, Sharp forced out at the plate. Bases still loaded, one out.

Ring lined out to short, two outs.

Holland grounded to second and Holland boots it allowing McGuire to score. Balsamo gets in a run down between third and home and is tagged out, three outs.

1 R, 3 H, 1 E, 2 LOB

1-1

BOTTOM 5TH

Kruger singled up the middle. He’s now 3-for-3 today.

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

Collins singled to center. He’s also now 3-for-3. Lowe advanced to third.

Robson struck out swinging, two outs.

Rooker singled to center scoring Lowe, RBI. Collins advanced to second.

Humphreys walked to load the bases.

Gridley grounded out to the pitcher, three outs.

1 R, 3 H, 0 E, 3 LOB

2-1 MSU

TOP 6TH

Lavy struck out swinging, one out.

Bond singled to right.

Benes lined a double past Collins and into the left field corner. Humphreys relayed to Gridley who gunned Bond down at the plate, two outs.

Sharp struck out swinging, two outs.

0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

2-1 MSU

BOTTOM 6TH

Holland struck out looking, one out.

Mangum struck out swinging, two outs.

Kruger grounded out to first, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-1 MSU

TOP 7TH

McGuire grounded out to short, one out.

Balsamo struck out swinging, two outs.

Brumfield grounded out to short, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-1 MSU

BOTTOM 7TH

Lowe walked.

Collins popped out to right, one out.

Robson struck out looking for the hat trick, two outs.

Rooker singled to center, Lowe advanced to third.

RHP Nolan Gromacki in to pitch for MU.

Humphreys singled to left center scoring Lowe, RBI. Rooker advanced to third.

Gridley hit by pitch to load the bases.

LHP Austin Tribby in to pitch for MU.

Holland grounded out to first, three outs

1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 3 LOB

3-1 MSU

TOP 8TH

Ring grounded out to second, one out.

Howard popped out to left, two outs.

Lavy popped out to short, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

3-1 MSU

BOTTOM 8TH

Mangum grounded out to the pitcher, one out.

Kruger flew out to the warning track in left-center. Both outfielders collided but Ring hung on for the out, two outs.

Lowe struck out looking, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

3-1 MSU

TOP 9TH

Humphreys in to pitch, Mangum moves to left, Mike Smith in right for MSU.

Bond struck out swinging, one out.

Benes struck out swinging, two outs.

Sharp struck out looking, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

FINAL: NO. 4 MISSISSIPPI STATE 3, MISSOURI 1

MU 000 010 000 – 1 8 0

MSU 100 010 10X – 3 13 1

WP: Daniel Brown (3-2) LP: Michael Plassmeyer (4-5) S: Reid Humphreys (6)

Multiple hits: (MU) Brett Bond, Shane Benes (MSU) Jack Kruger 3, Gavin Collins 3, Nathaniel Lowe, Brent Rooker 2B: (MU) Benes

DP: MU 1, MSU 1 LOB: MU 6, MSU 12 T: 2:39 A: 7,614

Records: Mississippi State 33-14-1, 15-9 SEC; Missouri 24-25, 7-17 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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