Starkville, Miss. – Tied at six in the bottom of the sixth inning, Mississippi State senior Alex Detz hit a walk-off single to right field to give Black a 7-6 win against Gray in a six-inning scrimmage Saturday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field. The Bulldogs’ sixth scrimmage of the fall was played in front of an estimated 400 fans.
Black jumped right out of the gates with a five-run first inning. Junior Derrick Armstrong started the scoring spree with a leadoff single to right field. After a sacrifice bunt by senior Brett Pirtle, junior transfer Seth Heck rifled a triple to the gap in right to give Black an early 1-0 lead. Following a walk by Detz, freshman Brent Rooker singled through the five-six hole for an RBI single, scoring Heck. Redshirt freshman Cody Brown then reached first on a throwing error by Gray’s pitcher, allowing Detz to score and Rooker to advance to third. After a stolen base by Brown to put two in scoring position, redshirt junior Zack Randolph pushed Rooker across the dish with an RBI base knock to left. The fifth and final run of the inning came on a sacrifice fly by freshman Dylan Ingram, allowing Brown to score.
Gray cut into the early five-run deficit in the second, which started when junior transfer Cody Walker was hit by a pitch. Sophomore Kyle Hann then singled to left, before junior transfer Jake Vickerson loaded the bases with a base on balls. Freshman Reid Humphreys quickly took a first-pitch fastball to right field for a two-RBI single, while at the same time advancing Vickerson to third. Down 5-2, Vickerson scored on senior CT Bradford’s chopper up the middle to make it a two run game.
Inching closer in the top of the fifth, Gray scored again when senior Demarcus Henderson sprinted home following a wild pickoff attempt to first which ended up down the line in foul territory.
Black immediately earned the run right back in the bottom of the fifth frame thanks to a walk by Pirtle, a single by Heck and an RBI groundout by Brown.
Down to its final three outs in the top of the sixth, Hann and Vickerson began the stanza with walks. Looking for late-inning dramatics, Bradford followed up the two free passes with a first-pitch liner to center, tying the game at six with a two-RBI single.
One out away from a 6-6 tie, Armstrong drew a walk for Black and hustled to third on a hit-and-run single by Pirtle. With the game on the line, Detz pulled a hard-hit grounder to first, which took a nasty hop over the glove of Wes Rea for a walk-off single.