STARKVILLE, Miss. – Senior left-handed pitcher C.T. Bradford fanned four in as many innings for the Maroon team in a convincing 8-2 victory vs. White Friday night at Dudy Noble Field in Game 2 of Mississippi State’s annual Bulldog World Series. With the best-of-five series tied at 1-1, Game 3 will take place Saturday at 1 p.m. Admission to the seven-inning exhibition is free.
Bradford gave up zero runs in four innings on the bump, allowing one hit and four walks to go along with a quartet of strikeouts. Following one-inning stints by sophomore Myles Gentry and junior Ben Hudspeth, junior transfer Jace Belcher finished the game for Maroon with a hitless seventh.
Seven of the starting nine batters drove in a run for the winning team, including senior Derrick Armstrong (2-for-4), redshirt junior Zack Randolph (2-for-3) and redshirt freshman Cody Brown (2-for-2). The pair of juniors Seth Heck and senior Alex Detz each scored two runs.
Deadlocked in a scoreless tie in the bottom of the second, Maroon scored the first run of the game when Detz scored on a two-out RBI single to right field by sophomore Kyle Hann.
The victors broke it open in the next inning with a five-run third. Heck started it off by getting plunked and trotted to second when Detz earned his second walk of the night. There were two on the bags for junior Cody Walker, who went shopping at the gap in right field for an RBI double, scoring Heck. Detz then crossed home on a wild pitch, before Walker tapped the dish on an RBI liner up the middle by Randolph.
True freshman Brent Rooker then walked to put two on the sacks for Cody Brown, who went downtown with a double to the wall in left. Up by five, Armstrong singled to right to score Rooker for the final out of the inning.
White scored its first run of the game in the fifth when freshman Dylan Ingram scored on a double play with no outs. In the next frame, redshirt freshman Daniel Garner hit his team-leading third home run of the fall to cut the deficit to four.
Maroon added some late-inning insurance runs in the bottom half of the sixth. Following a leadoff double by Brown and a pair of flyouts, Heck tallied an RBI in on an infield single. The final run of the game came when Heck scored on a double by Detz.
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