STARKVILLE, Miss. - Freshman righty Ben Bracewell tossed four innings of no-hit baseball Tuesday evening as the Maroons topped the Grays 6-3 to win the 2009 MSU Fall World Series three games to two. The game marked the final day of fall baseball practice at Mississippi State.
The rookie from Chelsea, Ala., retired 12 of the 13 batters he faced, six on strikeouts, during his four-inning mound stint. Trey Johnson was the lone base-runner allowed by Bracewell, drawing a one-out walk in the first inning.
For the second straight game the Maroons built out a 6-0 lead, plating three runs in the second and third innings off Gray freshman starter C.C. Watson. Junior outfielder Jaron Shepherd from Kilgore, Texas, doubled in two runs during a three-run second inning burst and senior Jet Butler stole home to score the last of three Maroon runs an inning later.
The Gray squad broke scoring ice off relief pitcher Chris Stratton in the fifth when senior first baseman Jarrod Parks reached on an error and junior shortstop Nick Vickerson drove him home with a single to left.
Stratton was touched for a pair of runs in the sixth when junior catcher Cody Freeman ripped a two-out, bases-loaded double into the left field corner. But the freshman right-hander from Tupelo, Miss., ended that inning with a strikeout and registered two more to close out the game in the seventh.
Junior center-fielder Ryan Collins from Callaway, Fla., singled in each of his three plate appearances and Shepherd collected a pair of safeties to lead the Maroon team's eight-hit attack.