Bottom 9th: In an utterly ridiculous inning. Tenenssee rallied back with three runs to win 3-2. A.J. Simcox laid down a bunt down the first base line and was called safe when Wes Rea chose noot to tag him, thinking Simcox had stepped out of the baseline when he backpedaled. Andrew Lee drove in two runs with a single and Chris Hall hit a walk off single to give the Vols a 3-2 win. Thanks to Georgia’s loss, they will play in the SEC tournament.
Top 9th: Matthew Britton singled and stole second but was stranded. Mississippi State leads 2-0.
Bottom 8th: Zac Houston retired the Tennessee side in order. The Vols are down to their last three outs down 2-0.
Top 8th: Bret Marks threw one pitch in the eighth inning. It did not stay in the ballpark.
Wes Rea hit Marks’s fastball over the left field wall to break the scoreless tie and end Marks’s day and possibly his college career. Dave Serrano then pulled him for Andrew Lee. Lee gave up a single to John Holland and then a double down the third base line into the left field corner by Cody Brown to bring in Holland. The Bulldogs lead 2-0.
Bottom 7th: Andrew Lee was hit by a pitch, took second on a wild pitch and then went to third when Jordan Rodgers bounced a single through the left side of the infield. Rodgers took second on the throw and Mississippi State replaced Austin Sexton with Zac Houston. Chris Hall lined out to third, however, and Mississippi State’s Matthew Britton dove back to third to double off Lee to end the inning. Game still scoreless.
Top 7th: Bret Marks allowed a two-out triple to Matthew Britton, the first of his career, but got Luke Reynolds to pop up to shortstop to end the inning. Game still scoreless.
Bottom 6th: Austin Sexton retired the Tennessee side in order, striking Christin Stewart out with a wicked 1-2 slider to end it.
Top 6th: Bret Marks struck out the first batter he faced in the sixth. He gave up a two-out double to Cody Brown, but got Seth Heck to fly to right to end the inning.
Bottom 5th: Jordan Rodgers doubled into the left field corner and Chris Hall drew a one out walk, but Benito Santiago flied to center and Parker Wormsley lined out to second to strand both. Game still scoreless.
Top 5th: Marks walked two batters in the fifth, but also struck out two, getting Wes Rea swinging on a 3-2 fastball to end the inning.
Bottom 4th: Jared Pruett led off the fourth with a single, but Christin Stewart hit into a 6-3 double play and A.J. Simcox flew to left to end the inning. Scoreless.
Top 4th: Bret Marks walked the leadoff hitter int he fourth, but got John Holland to line into an unassisted double play at second base. He then gave up a single, but Christin Stewart made a sliding catch on a ball it in the gap by MSU’s Seth Heck to get through the fourth. Game still scoreless.
Bottom 3rd: Austin Sexton retired the Tennessee side in order. Still scoreless.
Top 3rd: Bret Marks gave up a single and a walk with one out, but made Luke Reynolds look silly with a strikeout and got Wes Rea to fly out to center. Scoreless.
Bottom 2nd: A.J. Simcox led off the second with a single and stole second, but was left stranded there. Scoreless after two.
Top 2nd: Bret Marks retired the side on seven pitches. Scoreless after one and a half.
Bottom 1st: Nick Senzel drew a leadoff walk, but Jared Pruett popped up and Christin Stewart check swung into a 1-6-3 double play to end the Tennessee first. Scoreless after one.
Top 1st: Bret Marks gave up a pair of singles but otherwise, but got Wes Rea to fly out and struckout Jacob Robson on an outside breaking ball (which was probably outside and should’ve been called a ball). Scoreless after a half.
Vols playing for the SEC tournament at 1 p.m. Lineups to follow.
Mississippi State (24-29, 8-21)
1. Jake Vickerson, rf (.304, 29 runs, 1 HR, 17 RBI)
2. Matthew Britton, 3b (.237, 1 HR, 7 RBI)
3. Luke Reynolds, dh (.307, 12 RBI)
4. Wes Rea, 1b (.289, 5 HR, 37 RBI)
5. Jacob Robson, cf (.330, 41 runs, 1 HR, 9 RBI)
6. John Holland, 2b (.246, 1 HR, 27 RBI)
7. Cody Brown lf (.297, 1 HR, 15 RBI)
8. Seth Heck, ss (.293, 25 runs, 12 RBI)
9. Cody Walker c (.269, 1 HR, 5 RBI)
P-Austin Sexton, RHP (4-4, 4.11 ERA)
Tennessee (23-25, 10-18 SEC)
1. Nick Senzel 2b (.337, 4 HR, 28 RBI)
2. Jared Pruett 3b (.286, 5 RBI)
3. Christin Stewart lf (.324, 15 HR, 47 RBI)
4. A.J. Simcox ss (.287, 1 HR, 27 RBI)
5. Andrew Lee, dh (.312, 9 HR, 30 RBI)
6. Jordan Rodgers rf (.261, 12 RBI)
7. Chris Hall cf (.226, 5 RBI)
8. Benito Santiago c (.129)
9. Parker Wormsley 1b (.220, 9 RBI)
P-Bret Marks, RHP (4-5, 3.09 ERA, 84 K’s in 70 IP)