OMAHA, Neb. – The road less traveled will be the path the No. 5 Mississippi State baseball program will need to take if it is to come out of bracket two at the 2019 College World Series after a 6-3 loss to No. 2 Vanderbilt on Wednesday (June 19) afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park.
Mississippi State (52-14) fell behind for the fourth-straight game and sixth time in seven postseason games as Stephen Scott gave Vanderbilt (56-11) the early lead with a solo home run in the second inning. The Commodores added five runs in the fifth inning to make it a 6-0 lead, before the Diamond Dawgs scored one in the sixth and two in the seventh to trim the lead to 6-3.
Senior Peyton Plumlee (7-5) got the start on the mound and allowed three runs on six hits in the taking the loss. He struck out five, walked one and hit one batter in 4 1/3 innings of work. Five MSU relievers combined to allow three runs on three hits with five walks, including 3 2/3 innings of scoreless work for redshirt-junior Keegan James. James struck out three, walked two and allowed one hit.
Seniors Marshall Gilbert and Jake Mangum each chipped in two hits and scored a run, with Gilbert hitting his sixth home run of the season. Magnum’s two hits moved him into a tie for MSU’s single-season hits record at 107. His national-leading 107 hits equal the total of Adam Frazier during the 2013 season. Sophomore Tanner Allen became the fourth Diamond Dawg this season to own a reached-base streak of 20-plus games, as he collected a double and was hit by a pitch to move his active streak to 20 games on base.
Head Coach Chris Lemonis
“I thought [Peyton] was great. We kind of hurt him a little bit in the first because we don’t catch a ball and then he pitches out of it. He pitches out of the third inning where we get to first and second, and that’s what concerned me in the fifth. There’s an old coaching rule; if there’s three jams, you’re not getting out of the third one. I go out to get him then, but I thought he was pretty good. He pitched with good stuff. It was just a really good lineup that can put pressure on you with the home run or the runners [on base], but I was proud of Peyton.”
Jake Mangum – Collected his 69th career hit to lead off a game with a first-inning single as part of a 2-for-5 day. His two hits give him an MSU single-season record-tying 107 hits.
Tanner Allen – Moved his reached base streak to 20 games with a first-inning hit-by-pitch and his hitting streak to a career-best 13 games with a seventh-inning double.
Jordan Westburg – Pushed his reached base streak to 19 games and his hitting streak to seven games with a third-inning double.
Peyton Plumlee – Allowed three runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings of work in his 16th start of the season. Took the loss, allowing six hits with one walk and five strikeouts.
Kumar Rocker – Allowed one run on five hits over six innings of work to earn the win. Walked one and struck out six.
Stephen Scott – Hit a solo home run to open the scoring for Vanderbilt in the second inning and added his second home run – a three-run shot – in the fifth to account for four RBIs in the game.
JJ Bleday – Posted three hits and walked once. Scored a run and drove in one RBI.
Stephen Scott gave Vanderbilt the early lead with a one-out solo home run to right field against MSU starting pitcher Peyton Plumlee.
Vanderbilt 1, Mississippi State 0
Scott provided the big hit again for Vanderbilt in a five-run inning. After Plumlee retired the first batter he hit one and allowed an RBI double to JJ Bleday before State headed to the bullpen. MSU relievers Trysten Barlow and Riley Self combined to collect one out – coming on an RBI fielder’s choice. Scott followed with a three-run home run to cap the scoring in the inning. A pair of walks followed, before Colby White entered and struck out the final batter of the frame.
Vanderbilt 6, Mississippi State 0
Vanderbilt 6, Mississippi State 1
Vanderbilt 6, Mississippi State 3
Mississippi State will now face Louisville in an elimination game. The Diamond Dawgs and Cardinals will throw the first pitch at 7 p.m. and the game will air on. ESPN2 and the Mississippi State Radio Network.
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