(Photo Courtesy of Mississippi State Athletics)
After dropping a 6-2 decision to Kumar Rocker led Vandy on Friday night, the Diamond Dawgs rebounded in a big way on Saturday night, roughing up Vandy starter Jack Leiter and taking game 2 of the series 7-4. The Bulldogs took the lead in the top of the 1st and never relinquished it. The win improves the Boys in Maroon to 29-9(11-6) and dropped the Commodores to 30-7(12-5).
Will Bednar drew the start and had a career day. The sophomore from Valencia, PA went 5 innings, giving up 1 run on 3 hits while fanning 8. He was followed by Preston Johnson and Landon Sims who were able to thwart a late Vandy surge to secure the victory and set up a Sunday rubber match.
The Boys in Maroon struck for 2 in the top of the 1st. Rowdey Jordan greeted Jack Leiter from the leadoff spot by depositing the 2nd pitch he saw into the right field bleachers. After a Tanner Allen single and a Kamren James walk, Luke Hancock singled to left to plate Allen and put the Bulldogs on top 2-0. The Commodores got 1 run back in the bottom of the frame after back-to-back walks and a stolen base put Enrique Bradfield Jr. on 3rd and he scored on a Jack Bulger sacrifice fly to make the score 2-1. The score would hold until the top of the 5th when Tanner Allen walked and, two batters later, Logan Tanner destroyed a ball that cleared the monster wall in left to extend the Diamond Dawg lead to 4-1.
The Bulldogs looked to seal the game in the top of the 7th when Kamren James doubled, and Luke Hancock walked. Logan Tanner then struck again with a double that scored Kamren James to make it a 5-1 ballgame.
Scotty Dubrule then grounded to the second baseman who attempted to throw out Luke Hancock at the plate, but the throw was late and everyone safe as the score increased to 6-1. Brayland Skinner then singled to score Logan Tanner and make the score 7-1. After a HBP and a walk by Preston Johnson, the Bulldogs turned to the “Trained Assassin” himself, Landon Sims. Sims was greeted pretty roughly by the Commodores though, as the home team plated 4 runs on back-to-back singles before Sims struck out the final two batters of the frame and escape with a 7-4 lead. That score would hold as Sims found his stride in the 8th and 9th, striking out 4 batters in those 2 innings to send the Bulldog faithful in attendance home with smiles on their faces and a big win in Nashville.
The Bulldog offense got to Jack Leiter (7-1) like nobody else has this year, handing him his first loss of the year. Leiter went 5 innings, giving up 4 runs on 6 hits while fanning 8.
The offense was led by Logan Tanner who went 3-5 with a home run and a double with 3 RBIs. Tanner Allen was the only other Bulldog with multiple hits, going 2-4. Rowdey Jordan had 1 hit, but it was a big one with the leadoff home run. Luke Hancock, Brayland Skinner, and Scotty Dubrule each provided and RBI on the day.
The Boys in Maroon look to take the series tomorrow with freshman Jackson Fristoe on the bump. First pitch is set for 1pm CT.
As for tonight’s musical selection, well, you’ll either get it or you won’t. #11.7