STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Gray squad erupted for five runs in the sixth inning Sunday afternoon to register a 9-8 win over the Maroons and even the fall practice-ending MSU Fall World Series at two games apiece. The win by the Gray team sets up a deciding fifth game in the series. That game is set for a 4 p.m. start Tuesday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field.
The game is open to the public with no charge for admission.
The Grays were held scoreless for the first three frames and trailed 6-0 before striking for two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth. The Maroons threatened to nail down the series in the sixth inning when Ryan Collins tripled in one run and scored when Frank Rawdow followed with a single to left.
But the Gray team batted through the order and took their first lead of the day when 11 batters went to the plate during the five-run, four-hit burst. Nick Vickerson, who doubled in the Grays' first two runs in the fourth, tripled in a run to begin the rally.
Junior lefty Trey Johnson, who singled in one run and later scored the go-ahead run in the inning, picked up the win, retired the Maroons in order in the seventh to pick up the win. Johnson, who started in the game in the outfield, struck out two and allowed two runs on a walk and four hits. Freshman lefty Matt Lane took the loss.
Russ Sneed doubled in a pair of runs in the third inning and both Jet Butler and Wes Thigpen followed with RBI two-baggers to help the Maroons take a 6-0 lead with a four-run third. Butler went 3-for-4 with two doubles to lead the Maroons, who out-hit the winning Gray team 12-10.