April 6, 2012

Injured Bulldogs aid in victory over Vandy

STARKVILLE, Miss., - Some familiar faces returned to the lineup for Mississippi State Friday night and provided an immediate impact.

Daryl Norris and Brent Brownlee combined to go 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs in the Bulldogs 7-4 series opening win against Vanderbilt at Dudy Noble Field.

Norris had been out with a subluxation of his knee since March 7 and returned as a designated hitter Friday night going 2-for-3 with a pair of singles, being hit by a pitch and driving in one.

"It's been a little over four weeks now since I've seen live pitching," Norris said. "I just started to get swings this week and I felt like I've been seeing it well."

Brownlee underwent surgery on his knee cap on March 8 and entered the Vanderbilt game as a pinch hitter and served an RBI single into left to get MSU an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh. It was Brownlee's first hit since Feb. 25.

"We all want to be out there and it's been detrimental to us the last three or four weeks," Brownlee said. "We really want to pull through for the team."

In all the Diamond Dogs bashed out 10 hits led by second baseman Sam Frost's 2-for-2 performance with a pair of doubles and two RBIs.

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