Blog – Final: Western Carolina 3, No. 2 Mississippi State 2 (with video)

Records: MSU (0-1) WCU (1-0)

Attendance: 7,602

Game time: 2:55

Winning pitcher: Jeremy Null (1-0) – Final line (8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 12 K, 113 pitches)

Losing pitcher: Brandon Woodruff (0-1) – Final line (1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 3 K, 50 pitches)

Save: Bryan Sammons (1) – Final line (2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 15 pitches)

Play of the game: Western Carolina’s Cody Jones had a RBI single in the 7th inning to drive in the third run. It proved to be the difference.

Big inning: 1st: The Catamounts took advantage of a hit batter and walk to score two runs in the opening inning

Top Dawg: Ross Mitchell: The junior left hander pitched a career-high 8 innings in relief and recorded a career-high 7 strikeouts.

Stat of the game: 12: The number of strikeouts the MSU batters had.

Multiple hits: WCU (Aaron Attaway, 2, Luke Gragg, 3) MSU (C.T. Bradford, 2)

Quote of the game: 

“The story of the night is their guy Null. He pitched really well. He threw 113 pitches and we have him as throwing 71 curve balls or variation of curve balls. That’s a gutsy performance on his part.” – MSU head coach John Cohen

Song to describe game: It’s a Little too Late by Mark Chestnut – MSU tried to make a push in the end, but it was too late.

Video: 

MSU head coach John Cohen

Junior LHP Ross Mitchell

Senior CF C.T. Bradford

What it means: The Bulldogs lose their first opening day game since 2003. Getting two wins in the next two days is not a must, but MSU and fans would be excited about it.

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