STARKVILLE, Miss. – Junior transfer Jake Vickerson ended a classic pitching duel with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh, giving the White team a narrow 2-1 victory vs. Maroon Saturday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field in Game 3 of Mississippi State’s annual Bulldog World Series. With White leading the best-of-five series, 2-1, Game 4 will take place Sunday at 1 p.m. Admission to the seven-inning exhibition is free.
Before the walk-off, junior right-handed pitcher Brandon Woodruff was dominant for Maroon, striking out four and walking none in 4 2/3 innings of work. The righty topped out at 96 mph, allowing one run on four hits.
His counterpart, starting White pitcher Austin Sexton, was equally effective. The freshman right-hander went 4 2/3 as well, allowing one run on two hits and a pair of walks. Following two quick outs and one walk allowed by redshirt junior righty Wes Stokes, All-American closer Jonathan Holder finished the game for the victors with 1 2/3 innings of hitless ball.
Aside from Vickerson (1-for-4, RBI), fellow newcomer Reid Humphreys was the star on offense for White. The true freshman and younger brother of MLB star Tyler Moore went 2-for-2 with a triple and scored both runs for the winning team.
Humphreys started the scoring in the third with a triple to right field. After two quick outs, sophomore center fielder Jacob Robson used his speed to drive in the freshman, recording an infield base hit to first base by barely beating out the throw.
Maroon tied it up in the top half of the fifth when senior Derrick Armstrong drew a bases-loaded walk, which scored redshirt junior Zack Randolph.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the last inning, Vickerson drilled a 1-2 pitch down the line in right, sending the White team into pandemonium as Humphreys scored the game-winning run.
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