STARKVILLE, Miss. – Down 6-0 after five innings, junior Cody Walker and senior Alex Detz tallied RBI singles in the seventh and final frame en route to a dramatic 8-6 comeback win by Black vs. Gray in Mississippi State’s 19th scrimmage this fall at Dudy Noble Field.
Game one of the Bulldog World Series will take place this Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 13, at Dudy Noble. The time and rosters will be announced at HailState.com Tuesday.
Junior right-hander Trevor Fitts started on the bump for Gray and was masterful, tossing a fall-high five shutout innings. The righty struck out four, walked none and sprinkled four hits in the outing. His counterpart for Black, true freshman Dakota Hudson, struck out a fall-best seven batters in four shutout stanzas, giving up three hits and walking one. All-American junior closer Jonathan Holder recorded the save in the seventh for Black thanks in part to a pair of strikeouts.
After Gray broke open a scoreless tie in the second when freshman Brent Rooker scored on a throwing error by Black’s catcher, Rooker’s teammates ran away with the game in the fifth.
The inning started when junior Matthew Britton tripled down the line in left. Following a walk by sophomore Kyle Hann, redshirt freshman Cody Brown reached on a fielder’s choice when Hann was forced out at second. The grounder allowed Britton to score. With Brown on first, freshman Reid Humphreys singled to right to put two on the bags for fellow first-year player Dylan Ingram.
Next, Ingram drove a double to the gap in right, scoring Brown and pushing Humphreys to third. Senior Derrick Armstrong then singled to left as Humphreys tapped the dish and Ingram trotted to third. After Ingram scored on an RBI single by sophomore Jacob Robson, Armstrong scored on a throwing error to make it 6-0 in favor of Gray.
Black fought back in the sixth when senior C.T. Bradford singled and scored when the trio of senior Brett Pirtle, redshirt junior Wes Rea and Walker were hit by hit by pitches consecutively. With the bases loaded junior Jake Vickerson pinched a single the opposite way to score Pirtle. Rea then scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit in half at 6-3.
Inching closer, Black cut it to a one-run game with an RBI groundout by redshirt freshman Zack Randolph and an RBI single by senior Demarcus Henderson. The visitors tied it up with a Detz RBI double down the line with two outs in the sixth.
Deadlocked in a 6-6 tie, Black completed the comeback in the last inning with two runs. Senior Brett Pirtle reached first on an error and eventually scored on a hard-hit Walker single past a diving shortstop. The final run of the game came when Detz ripped it to left for an RBI base hit which scored Rea, who reached on a base knock to center.