LIVE BASEBALL UPDATES: Texas A&M at Mississippi State (Friday, 4-30-21)

The Bulldogs and Aggies begin a three-game series in Starkville
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There will be a whole lot of maroon in Starkville this weekend as No. 6 Mississippi State plays host to Texas A&M in a three-game series.

It will be a pair of powerful pitching staffs meeting up at Dudy Noble Field, as the Bulldogs (503 strikeouts) and Aggies (467 strikeouts) rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in total strikeouts. Mississippi State is the only team in the country with 500 strikeouts and leads the NCAA with 13.0 strikeouts per nine innings. MSU's Christian MacLeod sits No. 14 nationally with 14.00 strikeouts per nine innings pitched, while fellow State starter Jackson Fristoe is No. 27 in the same category at 13.16.

On offense, Tanner Allen and Rowdey Jordan have led the way for Mississippi State, while Texas A&M is led by the trio of Will Frizzell, Ray Alejo and Austin Bost. Jordan owns a 24-game reached base streak and Allen is hitting a team-best .350 on the season. Frizzell leads the NCAA with 100 total bases and it No. 9 with 13 home runs.

Keep it tuned right here to Cowbell Corner for live updates of Friday's series opener. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. central and updates will begin then.

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Here are your starting lineups:

Texas A&M Aggies (24-19, 5-13)

  1. Ray Alejo - CF
  2. Austin Bost - LF
  3. Will Frizzell - 1B
  4. Hunter Coleman - DH
  5. Logan Britt - RF
  6. Bryce Blaum - 3B
  7. Ty Coleman - 2B
  8. Mikey Hoehner - C
  9. Kalae Harrison - SS

Dustin Saenz - P

No. 6 Mississippi State Bulldogs (29-10, 11-7)

  1. Rowdey Jordan - CF
  2. Tanner Allen - RF
  3. Kamren James - 3B
  4. Luke Hancock - DH
  5. Logan Tanner - C
  6. Scotty Dubrule - 2B
  7. Brad Cumbest - LF
  8. Josh Hatcher - 1B
  9. Lane Forsythe - SS

Christian MacLeod - P

Alright, let's play ball!

TOP of 1 - Texas A&M batting

- Alejo with a leadoff double to left. Runner at second, no outs.

- Bost hit by pitch. Runners at first and second, no outs.

- Frizzell fouls out to third. Runners at first and second, one out.

- H. Coleman grounds to third. MSU third baseman Kamren James steps on third to force out Alejo. Everyone else is safe. Runners at first and second, two outs.

- Britt with a slow roller towards short and it's an infield single. Everyone moves up a base. Bases loaded, two outs.

- Blaum flies out to deep right. Inning over.

- MID 1 - MSU 0, Texas A&M 0

BOTTOM of 1 - MSU batting

- Jordan flies out to center. One out.

- Allen singles to left. Runner at first, one out.

- James walks. Allen advances to second. Runners at first and second, one out.

- Hancock RBI single to center. Allen scores. MSU leads 1-0. James up to second. Runners at first and second with one out.

- Tanner fouled out to first. Runners at first and second, two outs.

- Dubrule grounds to short. Aggies try to get the force out at second, but the throw is late and Hancock is safe. Play is being reviewed....And he is ruled safe. So bases are now loaded with two outs.

- Cumbest strikes out looking. Inning over.

- END of 1 - MSU 1, Texas A&M 0

TOP of 2 - Texas A&M batting

- T. Coleman fouls out and it's an incredible catch by MSU first baseman Josh Hatcher. One out.

- Hoehner pops out to second. Two outs.

- Harrison grounds out to first. Inning over.

- MID 2 - MSU 1, Texas A&M 0

BOTTOM of 2 - MSU batting

- Hatcher struck out swinging. One out.

- Forsythe struck out looking. Two outs.

- Jordan singles to left. Runner at first, two outs.

- Allen with an RBI double to left-center. Jordan scores all the way from first. MSU leads 2-0. Runner at second, two outs.

- James strikes out swinging. Inning over.

- END of 2 - MSU 2, Texas A&M 0

TOP of 3 - Texas A&M batting

- Alejo grounds out to short. One out.

- Bost doubles to left. Runner at second, one out.

- Frizzell struck out swinging. Runner at second, two outs.

- H. Coleman struck out swinging. Inning over.

- MID 3 - MSU 2, Texas A&M 0

BOTTOM of 3 - MSU batting

- Hancock grounds out to second. One out.

- Tanner flies out to right. Two outs.

- Dubrule singles to left. Runner at first, two outs.

- Cumbest flies out to center. Inning over.

- END of 3 - MSU 2, Texas A&M 0

TOP of 4 - Texas A&M batting

- Britt grounds to short. Throw to first and he's called out, but it'll be reviewed...And he's safe. Infield single. So runner at first, no outs.

- Blaum singles to left. Britt advances to third and Blaum gets up to second on the throw to third. Runners at second and third, no outs.

- T. Coleman grounds to third and Kamren James throws it away at first. Error. Britt and Blaum both score. Tie game 2-2. Coleman gets to second. Runner at second, no outs.

- Hoehner singles to center. Coleman advances to third. Runners at first and third, no outs.

- Harrison strikes out swinging. Runners still at first and third, one out.

- Alejo RBI bunt single. Coleman scores. Texas A&M takes a 3-2 lead. Hoehner advances to second. Runners at first and second, one out.

- Bost flies out to center. Hoehner tags up and moves to third. Runners at first and third, two outs.

- Frizzell grounds out to second. Inning over.

- MID 4 - Texas A&M 3, MSU 2

BOTTOM of 4 - MSU batting

- Hatcher grounds out to second. One out.

- Forsythe flies out to right. Two outs.

- Jordan strikes out looking. Inning over.

- END of 4 - Texas A&M 3, MSU 2

TOP of 5 - Texas A&M batting

- MSU to the bullpen. Preston Johnson now pitching. 

- H. Coleman struck out swinging. One out.

- Britt lines out to center. Two outs.

- Blaum weak line out to short. Inning over.

- MID 5 - Texas A&M 3, MSU 2

BOTTOM of 5 - MSU batting

- Allen singles to center. Runner at first, nobody out.

- James singles to right center. Allen advances up to third. Runners at first and third, no outs.

- Hancock with a sharp ground out to first. Allen scores on the play. Tie game, 3-3. James moves up to second. Runner at second, one out.

- Tanner strikes out swinging. Runner at second, two outs.

- Dubrule grounds slowly to second. Throw to first and he's called out, but it'll be reviewed....and he's now called safe. Hancock moved up to third on the play. Runners at first and third, two outs.

- Cumbest strikes out swinging. Inning over.

- END of 5 - MSU 3, Texas A&M 3

TOP of 6 - Texas A&M batting

- T. Coleman singles to center. Runner at first, no outs.

- Hoehner grounds to third. Fielder's choice as MSU gets the out at second. Hoehner reaches at first. Runner at first, one out.

- Hoehner steals second. The throw to second gets away and Hoehner advances to third. Error on MSU catcher Logan Tanner. Runner at third, one out.

- Harrison strikes out swinging. Runner at third, two outs.

- Alejo RBI single to left. Hoehner scores. Texas A&M takes a 4-3 lead. Runner at first, two outs.

- Bost strikes out swinging. Inning over.

- MID 6 - Texas A&M 4, MSU 3

BOTTOM of 6 - MSU batting

- Hatcher strikes out swinging. One out.

- Forsythe grounds out to short. Two outs.

- Jordan singles to right. Runner at first, two outs.

- Texas A&M to the bullpen. Chandler Jozwiak now pitching.

- Allen grounds out to first. Inning over.

- END of 6 - Texas A&M 4, MSU 3

TOP of 7 - Texas A&M batting

- Frizzell strikes out swinging. One out.

- Brett Minnich pinch hits for H. Coleman – Minnich hits a no-doubt solo home run deep over the right-field wall. Texas A&M now leads 5-3.

- Britt singles to left. Runner at first, one out.

- MSU to the bullpen. Chase Patrick on to pitch.

- Blaum drives a two-run homer over the left-field wall. Texas A&M now leads 7-3.

- T. Coleman grounds out to third. Two outs, bases empty.

- Hoehner flied out to center. Inning over.

- MID 7 - Texas A&M 7, MSU 3

BOTTOM of 7 - MSU batting

- James walks. Runner at first, no outs.

- Hancock singles to center. James gets to third. Runners at first and third, no outs.

- Logan Tanner with a three-run homer to right. MSU right back in the game, now down only one run. Texas A&M lead is now just 7-6. 

- Dubrule walks. Runner at first, nobody out.

- Cumbest flies out to center. One out, runner at first.

- Tanner Leggett pinch hits for Hatcher – Leggett strikes out swinging.

- Forsythe singles to center. Dubrule to second. Runners at first and second, two outs.

- Jordan is hit by the pitch. Dubrule up to third. Forsythe up to second. Bases loaded, two outs.

- Texas A&M to the bullpen. Joseph Menefee now pitching.

- Allen strikes out swinging. Inning over.

- END of 7 - Texas A&M 7, MSU 6

TOP of 8 - Texas A&M batting

- MSU to the bullpen. Carlisle Koestler now pitching. Leggett stays in the game to play first base for MSU.

- Harrison walks. Runner at first, no outs.

- Alejo flies out to left. One out, runner still at first.

- MSU to the bullpen. Stone Simmons on to pitch.

- Bost strikes out swinging. Two outs, runner still at first.

- MSU to the bullpen. Cam Tullar on to pitch.

- Frizzell strikes out looking. Inning over.

- MID 8 - Texas A&M 7, MSU 6

BOTTOM of 8 - MSU batting

- Jordan Thompson now playing LF for Texas A&M in place of Bost.

- Kamren James strikes out looking. One out.

- Hancock flies out to left. Two outs.

- Tanner walks. Runner at first, two outs.

- Dubrule strikes out looking. Inning over.

- END of 8 - Texas A&M 7, MSU 6

TOP of 9 - Texas A&M batting

- Logan Sartori pinch hits for Minnich - Sartori walks. Runner at first, no outs.

- MSU to the bullpen. Parker Stinnett on to pitch.

- Britt strikes out swinging. One out, runner at first.

- Wild pitch moves Sartori up to second. Runner at second, one out.

- Wild pitch moves Sartori up to third. Runner at third, one out.

- Blaum strikes out swinging. Runner at third, two outs.

- T. Coleman grounds out to first. Inning over.

- MID 9 - Texas A&M 7, MSU 6

BOTTOM of 9 - MSU batting

- Cumbest lines a double to left. Runner at second, no outs.

- Leggett grounds to second. Cumbest moves up to third. Runner at third, one out.

- Forsythe with a sacrifice fly to deep left-center. Cumbest tags up and scores. Tie game 7-7. Bases empty, two outs.

- Jordan flies out to right. Inning over.

END of 9 - MSU 7, Texas A&M 7

TOP of 10 - Texas A&M batting

- MSU to the bullpen. Landon Sims on to pitch.

- Hoehner strikes out swinging. One out.

- Harrison strikes out swinging. Two outs.

- Alejo grounds out to pitcher. Inning over.

- MID 10 - MSU 7, Texas A&M 7

BOTTOM of 10 - MSU batting

- Allen grounds out to second. One out.

- Kamren James says he's hit by a pitch and it's now under review...And he was indeed hit it is ruled. Runner at first, one out.

- Hancock hit by a pitch. James advances to second. Runners at first and second, one out.

- Tanner strikes out looking. Two outs, runners still at first and second.

- Dubrule walks. Bases loaded, two outs.

- Texas A&M to the bullpen. Alex Magers on to pitch.

- Brayland Skinner pinch hits for Cumbest – Skinner grounds out to first. Inning over.

- END of 10 - MSU 7, Texas A&M 7

TOP of 11 - Texas A&M batting

- Thompson strikes out swinging. One out.

- Schmidt walks. Runner at first, one out.

- Sartori fouled out to catcher. Runner still at first, two outs.

- Britt strikes out swinging. Inning over.

- MID 11 - MSU 7, Texas A&M 7

BOTTOM of 11 - MSU batting

- Leggett strikes out swinging. One out.

- Forsythe strikes out looking. Two outs.

- Jordan lines out to left. Inning over.

- END of 11 - MSU 7, Texas A&M 7

TOP of 12 - Texas A&M batting

- Blaum struck out swinging. One out.

- T. Coleman strikes out swinging. Two outs.

- Hoehner strikes out swinging. Inning over.

- MID 12 - MSU 7, Texas A&M 7

BOTTOM of 12 - MSU batting

- Allen walk-off homer. Ballgame.

FINAL: Mississippi State 8, Texas A&M 7

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