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Parker Noland hits two grand slams

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Vanderbilt baseball run-ruled Mississippi State 26-3 in seven innings Friday night at Dudy Noble Field.

The Commodores scored the most runs in a road contest in program history and Parker Noland matched the SEC record while breaking the Vanderbilt record with 11 RBIs.

Noland went 5-for-6 with two grand slams. He’s believed to be the first Commodore with two grand slams in a game and is the fifth SEC student-athlete, the first since 2013, to do it. RJ Schreck also hit two home runs Friday and finished with eight RBI.

The Dores scored in five consecutive innings and plated seven runs in both the third and sixth frames.

Enrique Bradfield Jr. started the game with a blast, his second leadoff home run on the season, to give Vanderbilt the early lead.

After Davis Diaz worked a walk, Schreck hit his team-leading sixth home run, a two-run shot to right-center to make it 3-0 three batters into the contest.

Mississippi State responded with a leadoff double in the home half of the first by Amani Larry who came around to score on a two-out single by Kellum Clark.

The Dores put another crooked number up in the third. Schreck was hit by a pitch and Jack Bulger worked a walk. RJ Austin then singled to center to load the bases with nobody out. Chris Maldonado reached on an error at third and drove in Schreck before Noland lined a two-run single off the wall in right field to put the Commodores on top 6-1.

A sac fly by Jonathan Vastine brought home Maldonado and chased the Mississippi State starting pitcher from the game. Bradfield earned a walk from the new Bulldog arm and Diaz flared a bloop single to left field, scoring Noland and allowing Bradfield to take third.

The two-out hitting continued as Schreck drilled a double to the wall in center, scoring two more runs and giving Vanderbilt a 10-1 lead.

The final tally in the third was seven runs on four hits.

Vandy added another run in the fourth after a one-out double by Maldonado, his team-leading eighth on the season. Noland drove in his third run of the game with a single up the middle to score Maldonado from second.

Schreck went deep for the second time in the fifth inning. Bradfield walked and Diaz singled to put runners on the corners with no outs for Schreck who then clubbed a three-run blast to right to make it 14-1.

Vanderbilt continued to tack on runs, scoring seven time on three hits in the sixth. After a series of walks, hit-by-pitches and pitching changes, Noland went opposite field for his first grand slam in the contest.

Noland hit another grand slam in his next at-bat to break the Vanderbilt single-game RBI with 11. The Dores plated five in the frame.

Carter Holton (W, 3-0) held the Bulldogs to two runs on four hits over five innings. Jack Anderson threw the final two innings, allowing one run on two hits.

The Commodores and Bulldogs meet for Game 2 at 2 p.m. Saturday at Dudy Noble Field.