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Mississippi State returns to the SEC Tournament for the first time since 2014 and does so as the conference regular season champion. The Bulldogs take on Alabama this afternoon so it should be a large crowd in attendance. The game will be televised on SEC Network. Prior to the game, MSU is supposed to receive its trophy for winning the league. I’ll be here in Hoover as long as the Diamond Dogs are so stay tuned. Ole Miss defeated South Carolina 10-4 so MSU-Alabama will begin at 5:15 p.m.

Starting lineup: 

Alabama (33-24)

DH- Keith Holcombe, L/L, Fr., .298, 8 RBI, 4 SB

2B- Cobie Vance, R/R, Fr., .267, 3 HR, 23 RBI, 2 SB

CF- Georgie Salem, L/R, Sr., .254, 5 HR, 25 RBI, 8 SB

RF- Chandler Taylor, L/L, Fr., .279, 9 HR, 32 RBI, 7 SB

C- Will Haynie, R/R, Jr., .230, 10 HR, 25 RBI

1B- Cody Henry, S/R, So., .230, 22 RBI, 3 SB

3B- Chance Vincent, R/R, Sr., .287, 28 RBI, 2 SB

SS- Daniel Cucjen, R/R, Sr., .210, HR, 8 RBI, 3 SB

LF- Hunter Webbs, R/R, Jr., .283, 12 RBI, 3 SB

RHP- Geoffrey Bramblett, Jr. (5-3) 2.76 ERA, 70 K, 31 BB

Mississippi State: (40-14-1)

RF- Jake Mangum, S/R, Fr., .427, HR, 25 RBI, 6 SB

C- Jack Kruger, R/R, Jr., .358, 7 HR, 38 RBI, 6 SB

1B- Nathaniel Lowe, L/R, Jr., .359, 5 HR, 47 RBI, 2 SB

3B- Gavin Collins, R/R, Jr., .301, 9 HR, 34 RBI

CF- Jacob Robson, L/R, Jr., .340, HR, 22 RBI, 17 SB

LF- Reid Humphreys, R/R, Jr., .315, 5 HR, 44 RBI

DH- Brent Rooker, R/R, So., .324, 7 HR, 44 RBI, 2 SB

SS- Ryan Gridley, R/R, So., .284, 2 HR, 29 RBI, SB

2B- John Holland, L/R, Sr., .221, 12 RBI, SB

RHP- Zac Houston, Jr. (4-0) 2.25 ERA, 27 K, 16 BB

TOP 1ST

Houston’s first pitch is outside for a ball.

Holcombe struck out swinging, one out.

Vance flew out to right, two outs.

Salem struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 1ST

Mangum singled up the middle. I should copy and paste this.

Kruger follows suit with the same thing.

Lowe grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. Mangum advanced to third, two outs.

Collins singled to left to extend his hitting streak to 18 games. Mangum scored, RBI.

Robson struck out swinging, three outs.

1 R, 3 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

1-0 MSU

TOP 2ND

Taylor reached on what should’ve been ruled an infield single. Instead its an E-5.

Haynie popped out to left, one out.

Henry popped out to right, two outs.

Unattended children throwing tennis balls out on the field forcing the game to stop.

Vincent singled to center, Taylor advanced to third.

Cucjen flew out to center, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 1 E, 2 LOB

1-0 MSU

BOTTOM 2ND

Humphreys singled to left.

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

Gridley grounded out to short, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

1-0 MSU

TOP 3RD

Webb singled up the middle.

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

Vance flew out to center, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

1-0 MSU

BOTTOM 3RD

Holland is the third straight leadoff man to reach with a single.

Holland stole second and is awarded third on interference. Mitch Gaspard out to argue with second base ump Morris Hodges.

Mangum grounded out to second, Holland scored, RBI, one out.

Kruger flew out to left, two outs.

Lowe grounded out to first, three outs.

1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-0 MSU

TOP 4TH

Salem popped out to short, one out.

Taylor struck out looking, two outs.

Haynie struck out looking, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-0 MSU

BOTTOM 4TH

Collins wraps his team-leading 10th home run around the left field foul pole.

Robson struck out swinging, one out.

Humphreys popped out to second, two outs.

Rooker flew out to right, three outs.

1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

3-0 MSU

TOP 5TH

Henry flew out to right, one out.

Vincent reached on a fielding error by Collins. Let the ball go right between his legs.

Cucjen fouled out to the catcher, two outs.

Webb struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 1 E, 1 LOB

3-0 MSU

BOTTOM 5TH

Gridley grounded out to second, one out.

Holland reached on a bunt single.

Mangum struck out swinging but Holland takes second on the wild pitch.

Kruger reached on a fielding error by Vincent, Holland advanced to third.

Lowe grounded out to short, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 1 E, 2 LOB

3-0 MSU

TOP 6TH

Holcombe flew out to the warning track in center, one out.

Vance grounded out to second. Fine play up the middle by Holland, two outs.

Salem popped out to short, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

3-0 MSU

BOTTOM 6TH

Collins singled to left for his third hit of the day. Fifth time the leadoff man has reached.

Robson bunted Collins to second, one out.

Collins took third on a passed ball.

Humphreys struck out swinging, two outs.

Rooker singled to left scoring Collins, RBI.

RHP Sam Finnerty in to pitch for UA.

Gridley gives one a ride but it’s caught on the warning track in left, three outs.

1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

4-0 MSU

TOP 7TH

Taylor fouled out to third, one out.

Haynie grounded out to short, two outs.

Henry flew out to left. Humphreys with a nice sliding catch, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

4-0 MSU

BOTTOM 7TH

Holland fouled out to third, one out.

Mangum reached on a bunt single.

Kruger reached on a fielder’s choice, Mangum forced out at second, two outs.

Lowe hit one off Finnerty but he picks it up and makes the play at first, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

4-0 MSU

TOP 8TH

Vincent robbed of a homer in left by Humphreys, who has had three or four robbed himself this season, one out.

Cucjen grounded out to third, two outs.

Webb grounded out to short, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

4-0 MSU

BOTTOM 8TH

Collins singled through the right side. He’s 4-for-4.

Robson singled through the left side, Collins advanced to second.

Humphreys bunted both runners into scoring position, one out.

Rooker intentionally walked to load the bases.

Gridley reached on a fielder’s choice. Collins forced out at the plate, bases still loaded, two outs.

Holland grounded to short, Gridley forced out at second, three outs.

0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 3 LOB

4-0 MSU

TOP 9TH

Holcombe grounded out to short. Fine play by Gridley, one out.

Vance grounded out to the pitcher, two outs.

Salem doubled to the wall in left. Just the third hit allowed by Houston.

Taylor doubled off the top of the wall in right to score Salem, RBI. That was really, REALLY close to being a two-run homer. Umpires even reviewed it.

RHP Blake Smith in to pitch for MSU.

Haynie struck out swinging, three outs.

1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

FINAL: MISSISSIPPI STATE 4, ALABAMA 1

UA 000 000 001 – 1 4 2

MSU 101 101 00X- 4 12 2

WP: Zac Houston (5-0) LP: Geoffrey Bramblett (5-4) S: Blake Smith (4)

Multiple hits: (MSU) Gavin Collins 4, Jake Mangum, John Holland 2B: (UA) Georgie Salem, Chandler Taylor HR: (MSU) Collins

DP: UA 2, MSU 1 LOB: UA 4, MSU 8 T: 2:53 A:

Records: Mississippi State 41-14-1, Alabama 33-25

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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