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Welcome to the 2014 season of Mississippi State baseball. It’s been a crazy 24 hours or so surrounding this game. The Diamond Dogs were scheduled to play Hofstra in a four-game series this weekend but the Pride couldn’t make it due to repeated flight cancellations. Now MSU will begin the year with Western Carolina, who also had their four-game season opener with Ohio cancelled due to weather.

Now that all the changes were made tonight’s game looked to be in jeopardy with thunderstorms rolling through the area this afternoon. The tarp was down on the field when I arrived but is being removed now and first pitch is still set for 6:30 p.m. I’ll be here for the duration updating the blog every half-inning so stay tuned.

Western Carolina (0-0)

SS Aaron Attaway, Sr., R/R .363, 12 HR, 54 RBI, 14 SB

2B Bradley Strong, Jr., L/R .295, 3 HR, 28 RBI, 17 SB

CF Cody Jones, Sr., L/L .283, 3 HR, 22 RBI, 6 SB

1B Jacob Hoyle, Jr., L/L .310, 11 HR, 52 RBI, 1 SB

C Adam Martin, Sr., R/R .286, 8 HR, 36 RBI, 0 SB

LF Dykota Spiess, Sr., L/R .260, 4 HR, 20 RBI, 0 SB

DH Luke Gragg, Sr., L/R .293, 1 HR, 26 RBI, 1 SB

RF Matt Smith, Fr., L/L

3B Reece Strong, So., L/R .375, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB

RHP Jeremy Null, Jr. (9-2) 3.46 ERA, 109 K, 27 BB

Mississippi State (0-0)

LF Jake Vickerson, Jr., L/R .371, 0 HR, 23 RBI, 23 SB*

3B Alex Detz, Sr., L/R .318, 1 HR, 31 RBI, 1 SB

2B Brett Pirtle, Sr., S/R .310, 2 HR, 33 RBI, 9 SB

1B Wes Rea, Jr., R/R .291, 7 HR, 40 RBI, 0 SB

CF C.T. Bradford, Sr., L/L .281, 1 HR, 27 RBI, 8 SB

DH Daniel Garner, RFr., R/R .403, 6 HR, 39 RBI ^

RF Demarcus Henderson, Sr., R/R .274, 0 HR, 23 RBI, 3 SB

SS Matthew Britton, Jr., L/R .250, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB

C Zack Randolph, Jr., R/R .370, 26 RBI ^

RHP Brandon Woodruff, Jr. (1-1) 4.34 ERA, 15 K, 9 BB

(All statistics from the 2013 season)

* stats from previous school

^ stats from 2012 from previous school

TOP 1ST

MSU wearing maroon hats, maroon “Mississippi State” jerseys and white pants. Western Carolina is clad in camo hats, black jerseys and grey pants.

Bulldogs debuting the new turf batters box this season with turf running all the way down the foul lines.

First pitch of the season is a strike.

Woodruff plunks Attaway on an 0-2 count.

Bradley Strong walks, Attaway advances to second.

Jones strikes out swinging, one out.

Hoyle singled through the right side scoring Attaway, RBI. Bradley strong advanced to third.

Hoyle stole second.

Martin struck out looking, two outs.

Spiess walked to load the bases.

Gragg reached on a fielding error by Rea, Bradley Strong scored. Bases still loaded. Looked like a clean single to me.

Smith struck out swinging, three outs.

2 R, 1 H, 1 E, 3 LOB

2-0 WCU

BOTTOM 1ST

Vickerson strikes out swinging in his first MSU at bat, one out.

Detz popped out to short, two outs.

Pirtle flew out to right, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-0 WCU

TOP 2ND

Reece Strong walked.

Attaway walked on four pitches, Reece Strong advanced to second.

LHP Ross Mitchell in to pitch for MSU.

Bradley Strong bunted both runners into scoring position, one out.

Jones struck out looking, two outs. I see Mitchell still has the zip on his fastball.

Mitchell appeared to get the third out via a strikeout. Bulldogs run off the field but umps stop them by calling a very late foul ball. Baseball gods take care of the umpiring here as Hoyle eventually strikes out swinging anyway, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

2-0 WCU

BOTTOM 2ND

Rea struck out looking. Stares down home plate ump Larry Short, one out.

Bradford homered on opening day last year. Bulldogs need a boost right now down 2-0 and haven’t had a baserunner.. But Bradford pops out to left, two outs.

Garner’s walk out music is Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On”. Appropriate for today. Garner strikes out in his first college at bat on a check swing, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-0 WCU

TOP 3RD

Martin legs out a leadoff bunt single. Not bad for a catcher.

Spiess grounds into the first double play of the season 6-4-3, two outs.

Gragg struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-0 WCU

BOTTOM 3RD

Mascot Bully is showing off the chest hair.

Henderson struck out looking after missing a drag bunt attempt earlier. His bunting doesn’t seem to have improved single last year. Null has now faced seven batters and fanned four of them, one out.

Britton walked giving MSU its first base runner of the year.

Former Amory and ICC standout Zack Randolph with his first MSU at bat. Randolph struck out swinging. One time through the order and Null has five strikeouts, two outs.

Vickerson flew out to right, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1  LOB

2-0 WCU

TOP 4TH

Smith flew out to left. Good looking diving catch out there by Vickerson, one out.

Reece Strong draws his second walk on a close pitch. Looked like it got the corner.

Attaway grounds into a 6-4-3 double play, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-0 WCU

BOTTOM 4TH

Detz grounded out to second, one out.

Pirtle struck out swinging, two outs.

Rea struck out looking. Once again Short gets a glare from the big guy, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-0 WCU

TOP 5TH

Bradley Strong grounded out to first, one out.

Jones grounded out to third, two outs.

Hoyle struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-0 WCU

BOTTOM 5TH

Bradford notches the first Bulldog hit of the season with a solid single up the middle.

Garner flew out to center, one out.

Henderson struck out swinging. He’s K’d twice tonight, two outs.

Britton popped out to left, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

2-0 WCU

TOP 6TH

Martin grounded out to third, one out.

Spiess popped out to third, two outs.

Gragg singled up the middle.

Smith struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

2-0 WCU

BOTTOM 6TH

Randolph fouled out to first, one out.

Vickerson struck out swinging, two outs.

Detz gave one a ride but Smith was able to track it down in right, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-0 WCU

TOP 7TH

The error on Rea from the first inning was changed to an RBI single for Gragg.

Reece Strong struck out swinging. That’s now a career-high six strikeouts for Mitchell, one out.

Attaway doubled down the first baseline.

Bradley Strong struck out swinging, two outs.

Jones singled through the right side scoring Attaway, RBI.

Hoyle grounded out to short, three outs.

1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

3-0 WCU

BOTTOM 7TH

Pirtle grounded out to short, one out.

Rea struck out looking for the third time tonight. That’s the hat trick for the big fella, two outs.

Bradford singled up the middle. He’s got both the Bulldogs hits tonight.

Garner gets his first MSU hit with a single to right sending Bradford to third.

Derrick Armstrong pinch running for Garner, Jacob Robson pinch hitting for Henderson. Robson had a 3-0 count but ends up watching one down the middle on 3-2 as Null gets out of his first jam tonight, three outs.

0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

3-0 WCU

TOP 8TH

Vickerson shifts to right, Robson goes into left for MSU.

Martin grounded out to short, one out.

Spiess grounded out to second, two outs.

Gragg singled up the middle for his third hit tonight.

Smith grounded to short, Gragg forced out at second, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

3-0 WCU

BOTTOM 8TH

Britton lined out to center, one out.

Randolph grounded out to second, two outs.

Vickerson struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

3-0 WCU

TOP 9TH

Reece Strong grounded out to third, one out.

Attaway singled to center.

Bradley Strong grounded into a 4-6-3 double play, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

3-0 WCU

BOTTOM 9TH

RHP Colton Davis in to pitch for WCU

Detz walked.

LHP Jonathan Waszak in to pitch for WCU.

Pirtle singled to right, Detz advanced to third. Pirtle took second on the throw to third.

Rea singled up the middle scoring Detz and Pirtle, 2 RBI.

Kyle Hann in to pinch run for Rea.

Bradford grounded out to second, Hann advanced to second, one out.

Cody Brown pinch hits for Armstrong.

RHP Bryan Sammons in to pitch for WCU.

Brown walked in his MSU debut.

Robson flew out to center, Hann tagged up to third, two outs.

Seth Heck makes his debut in a clutch situation pinch hitting for Britton. Heck grounded out to short, three outs.

2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

FINAL: WESTERN CAROLINA 3, MISSISSIPPI STATE 2

Hits: WCU 8, MSU 5

Errors: WCU 0; MSU 0

WP: Jeremy Null (1-0) 8 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 12 K, 1 BB

LP: Brandon Woodruff (0-1) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 K, 4 BB

S: Bryan Sammons (1) 0.2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 K, 1 BB

Leading hitters: WCU – Luke Gragg 3-4, RBI, Aaron Attaway 2-3, 2B; MSU – C.T. Bradford 2-4

Attendance: 7,602

 

 

 

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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