Maroons Defeat Grays 3-0

The Mississippi State Maroon team defeated the Gray team 3-0 behind the standout pitching of senior lefty Lucas Laster in the third game of the Bulldog World Series. The Gray team still leads the series 2-1. Game 4 is Saturday at 1 pm. Included are stats and info from the Wednesday, November 19th game.


John Cohen Quotes

  • .... overall opinion of the scrimmage. - "We had a cool evening and I thought our kids really battled through it. I felt like it was a pitching-dominated ballgame. Of course, I felt that Lucas Laster really pitched well. He threw a bunch of strikes and got to both sides of the plate. He changed speeds well. I thought he did a great job. And I'm glad because it becomes a more competitive series. The Maroons were down 2-0, now it is 2-1. We will move it to Saturday now and play Sunday if necessary."
  • .... on freshman pitcher Jesse McCord's performance. - "Jesse McCord is a freshman who has a great changeup. He is getting a ton of swing and misses on that. He also has a very good fastball and is going to have a good breaking ball. It is very difficult, in these conditions, to have good spin on a breaking ball."
  • .... on other pitching performances. - "Trent Waddell went out and pitched well tonight. Trevor Fitts has some moments when he threw the ball well. Again, a curveball guy, it is very difficult to command that pitch in cold weather. Levi Mintz has changed his armslot a little bit. Coach Thompson has helped him develop a slider. And it has some swing and miss to it as well. I thought we had a lot of guys pitch well."
  • .... on Lucas Laster having so many groundball outs in the game. - "He has really good finish on his fastball, so guys are going to swing over the top of it. And he has a really good changeup. He got a ton of ground balls on his changeup. We need Lucas Laster to be good for us to be good this spring."
  • .... on Joey Swinarski getting a couple of hits in the game. - "Joey is a very talented young man who has a great swing. It is good to see him get the barrel on the baseball.."

    Highlights from the scrimmage:

  • Hitting highlights:
  • Seth Heck was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI.
  • Reid Humphreys was 1-for-2 with a walk.
  • Joey Swinarski was 2-for-3.
  • Jake Vickerson was 1-for-2 with a triple and a walk.
  • Pitching highlights:
  • Lucas Laster threw 5 innings, allowing 0 runs on 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 2.
  • Jacob Billingsley threw 1 inning, allowing 0 runs on 0 hits and 0 walks while striking out 2.
  • Players by Positions:
  • 1B - Wes Rea, Trent Waddell, Dylan Ingram, Cole Gordon
  • 2B - John Holland, Matt Spruill
  • SS - Seth Heck, Ryan Gridley
  • 3B - Luke Reynolds, Reid Humphreys
  • C - Gavin Collins, Josh Lovelady, Brett Blailock
  • LF - Cody Brown, Brent Rooker
  • CF - Jacob Robson, Michael Smith
  • RF - Joey Swinarski, Jake Vickerson
  • Hitters Stats
    NAME AB H RBI BB K 2B 3B HR
    Jacob Robson 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
    Jake Vickerson 2 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
    Brent Rooker 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
    Wes Rea 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Luke Reynolds 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
    Zack Randolph 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
    Matt Spruill 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0
    Dylan Ingram 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
    Josh Lovelady 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Gridley 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
    Cody Brown 3 1 0 1 1 0 1 0
    Seth Heck 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
    John Holland 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
    Ryan Collins 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Reid Humphreys 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
    Trent Waddell 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
    Cole Gordon 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
    Joey Swinarski 3 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
    Michael Smith 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 0

    Pitchers Stats
    NAME IP H SO BB ER R
    Lucas Laster 5 2 2 1 0 0
    Cole Gordon 0.2 0 0 1 0 0
    Trevor Fitts 0.2 1 1 3 0 0
    Trent Waddell 0.1 0 1 1 0 0
    Levi Mintz 0.1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jesse McCord 3 4 4 1 1 1
    Vance Tatum 0.2 2 2 2 2 2
    Myles Gentry 0.1 0 0 0 0 0
    Andrew MaHoney 0.2 0 0 0 0 0
    Logan Elliot 0.1 1 0 0 0 0
    Jacob Billingsley 1 0 2 0 0 0



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