Commodores Drop 2nd Straight 1-run Game to Miss. State. Series Wraps Today

Posted on Mar 20 2016 - 12:29pm by Mike Strasinger

From Vanderbilt Athletics

Nashville, Tenn. – No. 2 Vanderbilt dropped the team’s second straight game with a 5-4 loss to No. 15 Mississippi State at Hawkins Field on Saturday night.

 The Commodores (16-3, 0-2) claimed an early lead in the first inning but did not lead again until the seventh inning when Bryan Reynolds crushed a two-run homer over the right field bleachers to put Vandy up 4-3.  The lead, however, was short-lived as the Bulldogs (14-5-1, 2-0) rallied in the eighth inning to reclaim the lead.

 Collin Snider opened the inning with a fly out to center field before being replaced by lefty Evan Steele. The freshman gave up a single through the left side of the

Brian Reynolds' late homer wasn't enough  - File Photo by Mike Strasinger

Bryan Reynolds’ late homer wasn’t enough – File Photo by Mike Strasinger

infield to Nathaniel Lowe and was immediately replaced by Hayden Stone. The junior struggled out of the gate, issuing a walk and hit batter sandwiched around a strikeout to load the bases. A second strikeout set up the Dores to get out of the jam, but Jake Mangum came through with a two-run single to left field to put the Bulldogs back on top for good. All five Mississippi State runs scored with two outs on Saturday night.

 The two teams battled back-and-forth in the middle innings with the Bulldogs going in front on a Reid Humphreys home run in the fourth before Vandy battled back to draw even in the bottom of the frame. Alonzo Jones doubled to lead off the inning and came around to score on Karl Ellison’s sacrifice fly to center field.

 Reynolds led the way for the Dores with three RBI in the loss. Driving in a run in the first inning to go along with his third homer of the year in the seventh. Jeren Kendall scored two runs while hitting in the leadoff spot.

 Stone took the loss allowing one run on two hits to go along with three strikeouts over 1.2 innings. Starter Ben Bowden tossed five innings allowing three runs on five hits with seven strikeouts.

 Kale Breaux picked up the win out of the Mississippi State bullpen working a perfect inning before Noah Hughes worked the final two innings to earn his first save of the season.

 Vanderbilt wraps up opening weekend of Southeastern Conference play tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Hawkins Field.

Box Score

                              Vanderbilt Baseball
                     #15 Mississippi State at #2 Vanderbilt
                Mar 19, 2016 at Nashville, Tenn. (Hawkins Field)

Mississippi State 5 (14-5-1,2-0 SEC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Jacob Robson cf..........  4  0  0  0   1  1  3  1   0
Brent Rooker dh..........  4  0  0  0   0  3  0  0   1
 Elih Marrero ph.........  1  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
Gavin Collins 3b.........  5  0  1  1   0  2  1  2   0
Nathaniel Lowe 1b........  4  0  1  0   0  1  5  0   2
 Michael Smith pr........  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Cole Gordon 1b..........  1  0  0  0   0  1  1  0   1
Jack Kruger c............  3  2  1  0   1  1 12  0   0
Reid Humphreys lf........  3  1  1  2   1  2  3  0   0
Ryan Gridley 2b..........  3  0  2  0   0  0  1  3   0
Jake Mangum rf...........  3  1  2  2   1  0  1  0   2
Luke Alexander ss........  2  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   2
Austin Sexton p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Kale Breaux p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Noah Hughes p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 33  5  9  5   4 12 27  6   8

Vanderbilt 4 (16-3,0-2 SEC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Jeren Kendall rf.........  3  2  1  0   2  0  1  0   2
Bryan Reynolds cf........  4  1  1  3   1  1  4  0   0
Will Toffey 3b...........  5  0  1  0   0  1  0  0   1
Penn Murfee 1b...........  4  0  1  0   0  1  7  0   1
Alonzo Jones dh..........  4  1  2  0   0  0  0  0   1
Kyle Smith lf............  3  0  0  0   0  3  2  1   0
 Walker Grisanti ph/lf...  1  0  0  0   0  1  1  0   0
Karl Ellison c...........  3  0  0  1   0  0 11  2   0
Ethan Paul 2b............  2  0  1  0   2  1  1  1   0
Tyler Campbell ss........  3  0  1  0   0  2  0  1   2
 Ro Coleman ph...........  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Ben Bowden p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Collin Snider p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Evan Steele p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Hayden Stone p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 33  4  8  4   5 10 27  6   8

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Mississippi State... 000 210 020 -  5  9  1
Vanderbilt.......... 100 100 200 -  4  8  0
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E - Jake Mangum(2). LOB - Bulldogs 8; Commodores 8. 2B - Jack Kruger(10);
Kendall(5); Murfee(3); Jones 2(6). HR - R Humphreys(1); Reynolds(3). HBP -
Ryan Gridley. SH - L Alexander 2(6). SF - Ellison(2). SB - Elih Marrero(2);
Kendall(15).

Mississippi State      IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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Austin Sexton.......  6.0  8  4  4  4  7 24 29 118
Kale Breaux.........  1.0  0  0  0  0  1  3  3  10
Noah Hughes.........  2.0  0  0  0  1  2  6  7  24

Vanderbilt             IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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Ben Bowden..........  5.0  5  3  3  2  7 19 22  85
Collin Snider.......  2.1  1  0  0  1  2  6  8  33
Evan Steele.........  0.0  1  1  1  0  0  1  1   3
Hayden Stone........  1.2  2  1  1  1  3  7  9  34

Win - Kale Breaux (1-1).  Loss - Stone (0-1).  Save - Noah Hughes (1).
WP - A Sexton(1); Stone(3). HBP - by Stone (Ryan Gridley). Inherited
runners/scored: Stone 1/1. Pitches/strikes: A Sexton 118/71; Kale Breaux 10/5;
Noah Hughes 24/16; Bowden 85/58; Snider 33/21; Steele 3/2; Stone 34/18.
Umpires - HP: Doug Williams  1B: Eddie Newsom  2B: Robert Holloway  3B: Tony
Maners  Start: 7:33   Time: 3:31   Attendance: 3626
Weather: 49, overcast
A Sexton faced 2 batters in the 7th.
Steele faced 1 batter in the 8th.

 

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