MSU's Hudson picked SEC Pitcher of the Week

MSU's Dakota Hudson
Staff Writer

Dakota Hudson’s powerful right arm has developed to the point where the junior pitcher has indeed become the Friday night ace Mississippi State envisioned when this season began.
Hudson’s most recent outing was his best performance yet and was given recognition on Monday as the Southeastern Conference selected Hudson the SEC Pitcher of the Week.
It was also announced on Monday by Collegiate Baseball that Hudson had received Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week.
Hudson earned the honors after his Friday night gem against Vanderbilt, going nine innings, allowing just four hits, one unearned run and striking out eight. Mississippi State went on to claim a 2-1 victory in 13 innings over the Commodores.
“Dakota Hudson battled his tail off,” Mississippi State head coach John Cohen said following Friday night’s game. “He showed the type of competitor he is. He kept us in the ballgame all night. He was outstanding. It was a Friday night in the SEC and he pitched the way you have to.”
Hudson was the only SEC pitcher this past weekend to go at least eight innings and allow fewer than three runs. The Vanderbilt team that Hudson held down was averaging 9.6 runs per game before being shut down by the MSU righty. The nine innings pitched by Hudson set a new career high and he came just one strikeout short of his career-best tally.
D1 Baseball national writer Kendall Rogers was Impressed by Hudson's outing.
"Hudson came away looking like a potential 1-1 candidate in the draft," Rogers wrote.
Hudson now has three quality starts in his last four outings and has struck out six or more batters in five-straight contests. For the season, Hudson boasts a 1.90 earned run average in 23 2/3 innings. The Dunlap, Tennessee native will be on the mound for his next start on Thursday when Mississippi State opens up a three-game series against Georgia at Dudy Noble Field.

Polls vary on MSU

Following a wild week that saw Mississippi State drop a pair of non-conference, midweek games before taking two out of three at Vanderbilt, the national polls indicate there are a variety of opinions on MSU.
Baseball America placed the Bulldogs at No. 10 in its latest poll released on Monday. Collegiate Baseball ranks MSU 11th, Perfect game has the team at 13th, lists Mississippi State at 15th and the USA Today Coaches Poll ranks the Bulldogs 16th.

Pilkington to start
on mound Tuesday

Freshman left-hander Konnor Pilkington will make his second career start Tuesday night as Mississippi State welcomes Mississippi Valley State to Dudy Noble Field for a midweek tilt.
Pilkington made his first-ever start in last week’s MSU loss to Eastern Kentucky. Despite the sour result for the Bulldogs, Pilkington shined. In that outing, the southpaw surrendered only one run and three hits in four innings of work. He also walked three and struck out five.
This season, Pilkington has appeared in three total games and pitched seven innings. He’s allowed three hits, one run, walked four and struck out six. Opposing batters are hitting just .130 against him.

MSU sets rotation
for Georgia series

Hudson and fellow junior right-hander Austin Sexton will draw the first two starts for Mississippi State later this week when MSU faces Georgia.
Hudson will be on the mound for Thursday night’s 6:30 p.m. game and Sexton will take the ball for Friday’s contest, which also begins at 6:30 p.m.
MSU hasn’t yet announced a starting pitcher for Saturday’s 2 p.m. series finale, though junior lefty Daniel Brown might could be considered a top candidate for that role after having already drawn a weekend start every week this season.