Brown Outlasts Shelly In 1-0 Pitchers’ Duel

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STARKVILLE, Miss. – With the temperatures in the low 40s, Mississippi State redshirt sophomore right-hander Preston Brown iced the Maroon bats even cooler Tuesday night at Dudy Noble Field, tossing five shutout innings en route to a 1-0 White victory in Game 5 of the 2013 Bulldog World Series at Dudy Noble Field.

Brown, the Game 1 winner last Wednesday, struck out one and surrendered two hits and one walk in the win Tuesday. The Germantown, Tenn., native wrapped up the five-game set with one run allowed in 10 innings of work, striking out eight.

White’s middle relief bullpen, consisting of freshman left-hander Vance Tatum, junior righty Brock Ward, freshman southpaw Glenn Irby and right-handed freshman Avery Geyer combined to toss 1 1/3 scoreless innings. With two outs and the tying run on third in the final inning, All-American junior closer Jonathan Holder sealed the victory with a strikeout and a groundout.

The victors scored the only one they would need in the bottom of the first, which began when junior Jake Vickerson earned a four-pitch leadoff walk. Following a sacrifice bunt by senior Demarcus Henderson and a strikeout, senior Brett Pirtle delivered a clutch two-out single through the right side of the infield for the game-winning RBI.

The series, won by White, 4-1, marked the end of MSU’s fall season. Opening Day for 2014 is scheduled for Feb. 14, 2014 vs. Hofstra at Dudy Noble (4 p.m. CT).

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