Holder breaks MSU career saves mark
Mississippi State closing pitcher Jonathan Holder reacts after getting his 30th career save that sets the all-time school record. (Photo by Eric Francis, AP)
OMAHA, Neb. â€“ When Jonathan Holder enters a ballgame, Mississippi State fans feel a good bit better.
In his two seasons with the Bulldogs, the closer has been saving ballgames left and right.
On Friday, the sophomore right hander reached another milestone.
Holder got the final two outs in the ninth inning and picked up his 30th career save as the No. 7 (Collegiate Baseball) Bulldogs beat No. 3 Oregon State 4-1 to advance to the College World Series national championship series.
The 30 saves for Holder is the most by an MSU pitcher in a career.
"It's pretty awesome," Holder said. "It makes it 10 times better that I got to do it out here in Omaha, Neb., in front of our fans like that."
Van Johnson saved 30 games for the Bulldogs from 1995-98.
Holder broke the single-season mark of 13 by Johnson earlier this season. He now has 21 saves this year.
"He just has a presence about him," MSU head coach John Cohen said. "He is an artist. He is somebody who has figured out what his role is and he has just grasped at that. Jonathan has been able to just figure out that role."
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