Balance Offense Leads To 8-2 Win For Gray
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Eight different Diamond Dawgs tallied hits and scored runs for Gray in an 8-2 victory vs. Black in Mississippi State baseball’s 15th fall scrimmage Sunday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field.
In all, 14 different players registered a hit in the seven-inning scrimmage. Junior transfer Jake Vickerson led the way, going 2-for-2 with two RBIs, a walk and a run scored. Also collecting two hits were senior C.T. Bradford (2-for-4, run), redshirt freshman Daniel Garner (2-for-2, RBI, run, walk) and true freshman Reid Humphreys (2-for-3, RBI).
On the mound, All-American right-handed junior closer Jonathan Holder finished the game with two strikeouts in a scoreless seventh. Sophomore righty John Marc Shelly pitched for both teams, combining for 2 1/3 shutout stanzas. Southpaw Jacob Lindgren (1.1 IP) and righty Levi Mintz (1.0 IP) also had scoreless outings out of the bullpen.
The victors plated the first two runs of the game thanks to a bases-loaded walk by Garner, followed by freshman Dylan Ingram driving in Vickerson on a ground ball.
As quickly as the game was tied, Gray jumped right back up to a two run-lead in the bottom of the third courtesy of sacrifice flies by true freshman Brent Rooker and junior transfer Cody Walker.
Leading 4-2, the home team put the game away with a four-run fifth. Following a double by Garner, Rooker recorded an RBI single and advanced to third on the throw home. With a runner on third, Walker and Hann drew base on balls to load the bases. Next, Vickerson drilled a two-RBI single to left, scoring Rooker and Walker. Hann then scored the final run of the game on a single to right by freshman Reid Humphreys.