STARKVILLE, Miss. – After a scoreless pitchers’ duel for the first 3 1/2 innings, senior Alex Detz launched a two-run triple to the wall in right as Black rolled to a 7-0 shutout win vs. Gray Sunday afternoon in Mississippi State’s seventh fall scrimmage. An estimated 200 fans attended the six-inning affair at Dudy Noble Field.
In his second fall start at Dudy Noble, true freshman right-hander Dakota Hudson went 4.0 innings with one strikeout, allowing just one hit and three walks. In addition to Hudson, redshirt senior righty Ben Bracewell notched a scoreless inning in relief for Black, followed by a hitless stanza by junior southpaw Jacob Lindgren.
Deadlocked in a zero-zero tie in the bottom of the fourth, senior Brett Pirtle broke up Trevor Fitts’ no-hit bid with a grounder to the three-four hole in right. Second baseman Kyle Hann made a diving stop in the grass in right, but the righty’s throw was not in time as Pirtle dove head first into the bag for a single.
After junior transfer Seth Heck reached first, both runners advanced on a wild pitch. With two in scoring position, Detz drove an offering from Fitts over right fielder Demarcus Henderson’s head for a bases-clearing three bagger. The third run came on a safety squeeze by redshirt freshman Cody Brown, which allowed Detz to tap the dish.
Black added insurance runs in the fifth with a four-run frame. Freshman Joey Swinarski led it off with a triple to the wall in right past a diving Henderson. The Orlando, Fla., native scored on a base hit up the middle by junior Derrick Armstrong. The junior promptly swiped second base and moved to third on a single to right by Pirtle.
With runners on the corners, Heck laced a pitch to left for an RBI base knock to make it 5-0. Detz then walked to load the bases, and following a strikeout, Brown walked with the bags covered to drive in the sixth run of the day. With the bases juiced again with one out, junior Cody Walker hit a grounder to third for a potential double play, but after touching third for a force out, Gray’s third baseman threw it high to first, allowing Walker to reach safely and the final run of the day to score.