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It’s another night at the Hoover Met, one that will hopefully get me in bed before 2-3 a.m. which is the schedule I’ve been on the last two days. Either Florida or Mississippi State faces elimination tonight with the winner getting LSU tomorrow. The Bulldogs are back wearing their maroon “MS” jerseys and white pants while the Gators are clad in blue hats and jerseys with white britches. Tonight’s game will once again be on the SEC Network at 6 p.m.

STARTING LINEUPS

Florida (45-12)

CF- Buddy Reed, S/R, Jr., .269, 4 HR, 29 RBI, 22 SB

SS- Dalton Guthrie, R/R, So., .319, HR, 19 RBI, 8 SB

1B- JJ Schwarz, R/R, So., .295, 6 HR, 47 RBI, 2 SB

C- Mike Rivera, R/R, So., .271, 9 HR, 45 RBI

3B- Jonathan India, R/R, Fr., .294, 3 HR, 37 RBI, 11 SB

2B- Deacon Liput, L/R, Fr., .283, 3 HR, 33 RBI, 12 SB

LF- Danny Reyes, R/R, Fr., .174, 3 RBI

DH- Jeremy Vasquez, L/L, So., .291, 14 RBI, SB

RF- Nelson Maldonado, R/R, Fr., .253, 6 HR, 27 RBI, 5 SB

RHP- Alex Faedo, So. (11-1) 3.58 ERA, 102 K, 15 BB

Mississippi State: (41-15-1)

RF- Jake Mangum, S/R, Fr., .422, HR, 26 RBI, 6 SB

DH- Jack Kruger, R/R, Jr., .353, 7 HR, 38 RBI, 6 SB

1B- Nathaniel Lowe, L/R, Jr., .353, 5 HR, 47 RBI, 2 SB

3B- Gavin Collins, R/R, Jr., .311, 10 HR, 36 RBI

CF- Jacob Robson, L/R, Jr., .337, HR, 23 RBI, 17 SB

LF- Cody Brown, L/R, Jr., .253, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 3 SB

C- Elih Marrero, S/R, Fr., .243, 12 RBI, 2 SB

SS- Ryan Gridley, R/R, So., .282, 2 HR, 30 RBI, SB

2B- John Holland, L/R, Sr., .232, 12 RBI, 2 SB

RHP- Austin Sexton, Jr. (7-2) 3.39 ERA, 85 K, 22 BB

TOP 1ST

Sexton’s first pitch is a called strike.

Reed reached on an infield single off Sexton.

Guthrie struck out swinging, one out.

Schwarz doubled to the wall in left-center scoring Reed, RBI.

Rivera flew out to the warning track in center, two outs.

India grounded out to second. Good play by Holland behind the bag, three outs.

1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

1-0 UF

BOTTOM 1ST

Mangum flew out to left on the first pitch, one out.

Kruger flew out to right, two outs.

Lowe doubled off the wall in right.

Collins adds a double of his own to right-center to score Lowe, RBI.

Collins took third on a passed ball.

Robson walked.

Brown popped out to center, three outs.

1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

TOP 2ND

Liput singled to left.

Reyes flew out to right, one out.

All that throwing over to first finally backfired for the Bulldogs as Liput takes second on the errant throw.

Vasquez singled to right, Liput advanced to third.

Maldonado singled through the left side scoring Liput, RBI. Vasquez advanced to second.

Reed sneaks a single through the right side scoring Vasquez, RBI. Maldonado advanced to third.

Guthrie with a sacrifice fly to center scoring Maldonado, RBI, two outs.

Reed stole second.

Schwarz singled through the left side scoring Reed, RBI.

Rivera singled to right, Schwarz advanced to second.

India struck out swinging, three outs.

4 R, 6 H, 1 E, 2 LOB

5-1 UF

BOTTTOM 2ND

Marrero lined out to center. He stung it but Reed’s speed was able to get back and make the play, one out.

Gridley singled up the middle.

Holland popped out to center, two outs.

Mangum singled to left but got way too aggressive and is thrown out at second. Not sure what he was thinking there, three outs.

0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

5-1 UF

TOP 3RD

Liput singled past a diving Gridley.

Reyes struck out swinging, one out.

Vasquez grounded into a U-6-3 double play. Sensational play and turn by Gridley, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

5-1 UF

BOTTOM 3RD

Kruger grounded out to short, one out.

Lowe singled to right.

Collins popped out to center, two outs.

Robson walked, Lowe advanced to second.

Brown grounded out to the pitcher, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

5-1 UF

TOP 4TH

Maldonado walked. When you walk the No. 9 hitter to leadoff an inning that usually doesn’t end well.

Reed bunted Maldonado to second, one out.

Guthrie flew out to left, two outs.

Schwarz singled up the middle to score Maldonado. That’s his third RBI tonight.

Rivera grounded to third, Schwarz forced out at second, three outs.

1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

6-1 UF

BOTTOM 4TH

Marrero flew out to right. He’s stung two balls really well tonight and has nothing to show for it, one out.

Gridley struck out swinging, two outs.

Holland popped out to second, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

6-1 UF

TOP 5TH 

India popped out to center, one out.

Lipid reached second on a throwing error by Gridley, his second in as many days.

Reyes singled up the middle to make State pay to score Lipid, RBI.

RHP Paul Young in to pitch for MSU.

Young immediately picks off Reyes.

Vasquez walked.

Maldonado struck out swinging, three outs.

1 R, 1 H, 1 E, 1 LOB

7-1 UF

BOTTOM 5TH

Mangum hit by pitch.

Kruger doubled to the wall in left burning Reyes, Mangum advanced to third.

Lowe grounded to short scoring Mangum as Florida trades an out for a run.

Collins struck out swinging, two outs.

Robson grounded out to short, three outs.

1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

7-1 UF

TOP 6TH

Reed walked.

Guthrie lined out to right, one out.

Schwarz tripled to the wall in right scoring Reed. Schwarz is 4-for-4 with two singles, a double, a triple and an RBI in each at bat.

Rivera struck out swinging, two outs.

India walked.

LHP Kale Breaux in to pitch for MSU.

Marrero gets too aggressive and throws the ball out in left field allowing Schwarz to score and India to get to second.

Liput walked.

A wild pitch allows both runners to move into scoring position.

Another wild pitch allows India to score and Liput to get to third.

Reyes doubled in the left-center gap and it goes all the way to the wall to score Liput, RBI.

RHP Keegan James in to pitch for MSU.

Vasquez grounded out to second, three outs.

4 R, 2 H, 1 E, 1 LOB

11-2 UF

BOTTOM 6TH

Brent Rooker pinch hitting for Brown. Rooker struck out swinging, one out.

Marrero grounded out to second, two outs.

Luke Alexander pinch hitting for Gridley. Alexander grounded out to first, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

11-2 UF

TOP 7TH

Maldonado walked.

Rain starting to fall at the park. That’s the last thing this game needs.

Reed struck out swinging, one out.

Blake Reese pinch hitting for Guthrie.

LHP Konnor Pilkington in to pitch for MSU.

Reese doubled to right-center scoring Maldonado, RBI.

Schwarz fouled out to first, two outs.

Rivera struck out looking, three outs.

1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

12-2 UF

BOTTOM 7TH

Hunter Stovall pinch hitting for Holland. Stovall singled up the middle.

Mike Smith pinch hitting for Mangum. Smith struck out swinging, one out.

Cole Gordon pinch hitting for Kruger.

Stovall took second on a passed ball.

Stovall took third on a wild pitch.

Gordon struck out swinging, two outs.

Lowe lined out to left, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

FINAL: FLORIDA 12, MISSISSIPPI STATE 2

UF 140 114 1 – 12 14 0

MSU 100 010 0 – 2 7 3

WP: Alex Faedo (12-1) LP: Austin Sexton (7-3)

Multiple hits: (UF) JJ Schwarz 4, Buddy Reed, Deacon Liput, Danny Reyes (MSU) Nathaniel Lowe 2B: (UF) Schwarz, Reyes, Blake Reese (MSU) Lowe, Jack Kruger, Gavin Collins 3B: (UF) Schwarz

DP: UF 0, MSU 1 LOB: UF 7, MSU 7 T: 2:57 A: 9429

Records: Florida 46-12, Mississippi State 41-16-1

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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