STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State senior Demarcus Henderson’s sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth proved to be the difference Saturday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field, as Gray escaped with a narrow 5-4 win against Black. The seven-inning scrimmage was the Bulldogs’ 11th of the fall.
The 4-6 Gray trio of senior Alex Detz, junior Matthew Britton and freshman Gavin Collins combined to go 6-for-8 with four runs and three RBIs. Henderson and redshirt junior Zack Randolph pushed across the other two runs in the win.
On the mound, junior right-hander Trevor Fitts struck out five in four innings for the winning team, allowing just one run on two hits. Fellow righties Ben Bracewell and Tony Anello finished the victory with a scoreless inning each.
For Black, senior CT Bradford had two RBIs and freshman Reid Humphreys collected two hits and a run in three at bats. Junior transfer Seth Heck also found his way on base, walking twice and getting hit by a pitch once.
Making his fall debut in relief, true freshman righty Avery Geyer worked a scoreless fourth inning. Junior right-hander Will Cox notched his second scoreless appearance in as many days, while redshirt junior Wes Stokes finished the game on the rubber for Black with a hitless inning of work.
After Henderson recorded the first out of the game with a diving catch in right field, Heck was hit by a pitch and stole second base. Following out number two, redshirt freshman Daniel Garner blooped an RBI single just in front of the outstretched diving arm of junior Derrick Armstrong, allowing Heck to score the game’s first run.
Down by one early on, Collins launched a solo homer to left to tie the game in the second. In the third, Black went up 3-1 courtesy of a Detz RBI single up the middle and a bases-loaded walk by Randolph.
Black extended its lead to 5-1 in the sixth when Britton drove in Detz with a triple to the wall in right and scored on Henderson’s game-winning sacrifice fly.
Attempting a comeback in the late innings, Gray scored three in the sixth with a two-RBI base hit by Bradford and an RBI by team captain Wes Rea. It wasn’t enough, however, as Gray stranded the tying run in scoring position in the seventh to end the game.