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I’ve arrived at the ballpark for Game 4 of the Starkville Regional with top-seeded Mississippi State taking on No. 2 seed Cal State Fullerton at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN3.com. The Bulldogs will be the visitors in tonight’s game and therefore in the first base dugout. MSU will wear it’s maroon hats and grey uniforms with maroon pinstripes. The Titans are clad in navy hats with orange bills, navy jerseys with orange sleeves, white pants with navy pinstripes.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Mississippi State: (42-16-1)

RF- Jake Mangum, S/R, Fr., .425, HR, 26 RBI, 6 SB

C- Jack Kruger, R/R, Jr., .354, 8 HR, 40 RBI, 6 SB

1B- Nathaniel Lowe, L/R, Jr., .358, 5 HR, 48 RBI, 2 SB

3B- Gavin Collins, R/R, Jr., .308, 10 HR, 37 RBI

CF- Jacob Robson, L/R, Jr., .327, HR, 23 RBI, 17 SB

DH- Brent Rooker, R/R, So., .319, 9 HR, 49 RBI, 2 SB

LF- Reid Humphreys, R/R, Jr., .318, 5 HR, 44 RBI

SS- Ryan Gridley, R/R, So., .288, 2 HR, 31 RBI, SB

2B- John Holland, L/R, Sr., .223, 12 RBI, 2 SB

RHP- Austin Sexton, Jr. (7-3) 3.83 ERA, 88 K, 23 BB

Cal State Fullerton (36-21)

LF- Josh Vargas, L/R, Sr., .268, 2 HR, 24 RBI, 14 SB

SS- Timmy Richards, R/R, Jr., .278, 9 HR, 31 RBI, 10 SB

DH- Tanner Pinkston, L/R, Sr., .335, 2 HR, 31 RBI, 6 SB

1B- Dalton Blaser, L/L, Sr., .364, 4 HR, 38 RBI, SB

CF- Scott Hurst, L/R, So., .212, 15 RBI, 3 SB

3B- Jerrod Bravo, R/R, Sr., .239, HR, 16 RBI, 4 SB

C- Chris Hudgins, R/R, So., .234, 3 HR, 14 RBI

RF- Ruben Cardenas, R/R, Fr., .242, 3 HR, 28 RBI, 7 SB

2B- Hank LoForte, L/R, Fr., .279, 8 RBI, SB

RHP- Colton Eastman, Fr. (8-2) 2.11 ERA, 93 K, 20 BB

TOP 1ST

Mangum singles up the middle on the first pitch.

Kruger popped out to second, one out.

Lowe popped out to left, two outs.

Collins struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 1ST

Sexton’s first pitch is fouled off.

Vargas struck out swinging, one out.

Richards singled through the left side.

Pinkston grounded out with the old 3-4-3, Richards advanced to second, two outs.

Blaser grounded out to the pitcher, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 2ND

Robson grounded out to first, one out.

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

Humphreys singled to right.

Gridley flew out to center, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 2ND

Hurst popped out to center, one out.

Bravo reached on a fielding error by Collins. Was a routine play.

Hudgins reached on a fielder’s choice, Bravo forced out at second, two outs.

Cardenas walked, Hudgins advanced to second.

LoForte grounded out to first, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 1 E, 2 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 3RD

Holland singled to right.

Mangum struck out swinging, one out.

Kruger doubled to the wall in left, Holland advanced to third.

Lowe grounded out to short, Holland scored, RBI. Kruger advanced to third, two outs.

MSU assistant basketball coach George Brooks at the ballpark.

Collins flew out to right, three outs.

1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

1-0 MSU

BOTTOM 3RD

Vargas grounded out to first, one out.

Richards struck out looking, two outs.

Pinkston plunked.

Blaser singled to left, Pinkston advanced to second.

Hurst struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

1-0 MSU

TOP 4TH

Robson grounded out to second, one out.

Rooker struck out swinging, two outs.

Humphreys grounded out to the pitcher, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

1-0 MSU

BOTTOM 4TH

Bravo lined out to left, one out.

Hudgins grounded out to short, two outs.

Cardenas grounded out to short, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

1-0 MSU

TOP 5TH

Gridley tags one but it’s caught at the wall in center, one out.

Holland struck out swinging, two outs.

Mangum struck out swinging. This is the first time he’s struck out all season, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

1-0 MSU

BOTTOM 5TH

LoForte fouled out to the catcher, one out.

Vargas singled to center.

Richards reached on another fielding error by Collins, Vargas advanced to second.

Pinkston struck out looking, two outs.

Blaser grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 1 E, 2 LOB

1-0 MSU

TOP 6TH

Kruger struck out swinging, one out.

Lowe drops a single into center.

Collins flew out to the warning track in left, two outs.

Robson flew out to center, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

1-0 MSU

BOTTOM 6TH

Hurst doubled off the wall in right.

Bravo bunted Hurst to third, one out.

Hudgins hits a hot shot to third but Collins fields and fires home to get Hurst, two outs.

Cardenas took second on a wild pitch.

LoForte grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

1-0 MSU

TOP 7TH

Rooker doubled to right-center.

Humphreys bunts Rooker to third, one out.

Gridley singled past a drawn in infield to score Rooker, RBI.

Hit-and-run and Holland hits the catcher’s mitt halfway to the mound. Interference isn’t called and Holland, John Cohen and Nick Mingione are livid. Umpires get together and still make the wrong call. Holland struck out looking and the boo birds come out and rightfully so, two outs.

Gridley takes second on a wild pitch.

Mangum singled to right scoring Gridley, RBI. Close play at the plate as well.

RHP Chad Hockin in to pitch for CSF.

Kruger grounded out to short, three outs.

2 R, 3 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

3-0 MSU

BOTTOM 7TH

LoForte tries to bunt for a hit but fails, one out.

Vargas gets the Titans on the board via a solo homer to right, RBI.

RHP Blake Smith in to pitch for MSU. Sexton gets a standing ovation as he exits.

Richards plunked on Smith’s second pitch.

Pinkston grounded out to third, Richards advanced to second, two outs.

Blaser grounded out to short, three outs.

1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

3-1 MSU

TOP 8TH

Lowe reached on a throwing error by Richards.

Lowe took second on a wild pitch.

Collins grounded out to third, one out.

Fans starting to scurry so it must be raining.

Robson doubled to left-center scoring Lowe, RBI.

Rooker flew out to center, Robson tagged up to third.

Humphreys struck out swinging, three outs.

1 R, 1 H, 1 E, 1 LOB

4-1 MSU

BOTTOM 8TH

Hurst walked.

Bravo struck out swinging, Hurst stole second, one out.

Hudgins struck out swinging, two outs.

Cardenas struck out on a check swing, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

4-1 MSU

TOP 9TH

LHP Maxwell Gibbs in to pitch for CSF.

Gridley walked.

Holland bunted Gridley to second, one out.

Mangum grounded out to second, Gridley advanced to third, two outs.

Kruger grounded out to third, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

4-1 MSU

BOTTOM 9TH

LoForte grounded out to second, one out.

Vargas tried to bunt for a hit. Looked safe but called out by first base ump Grady Smith, two outs.

Richards walked.

Pinkston flew out to center, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

FINAL: MISSISSIPPI STATE 4, CAL STATE FULLERTON 1

Hits: MSU 9, CSF 5

Errors: MSU 2, CSF 1

WP: Austin Sexton (8-3) 6.1 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 4 K, 1 BB

LP: Colton Eastman (8-3) 6.2 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 7 K, 0 BB

S: Blake Smith (5) 2.2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 K, 2 BB

Leading hitters: MSU – Jake Mangum 2-5, 2B, RBI, Jacob Robson 1-4, 2B, RBI, Brent Rooker 1-4, 2B; CSF – Josh Vargas 2-5, HR, RBI, Scott Hurst 1-3, 2B

Attendance: 10,656

 

 

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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