Pitching keeps MSU in baseball games
Mississippi State left-handed pitcher Ross Mitchell joins teammate Jacob Lindgren as finalists for the 2014 C Spire Ferriss Trophy. (Photo by Lee Adams)
Mississippi State's bullpen gave the Bulldogs a chance to win all three games against Tennessee this past weekend.
They threw 20 1/3 scoreless innings against the Volunteers.Â
On the other hand, MSU's offense struggled all weekend.
While the bullpen was keeping Tennessee off the scoreboard, the Bulldogs had trouble getting runs as well.
MSU stranded 33 base runners during the three-game series at Dudy Noble Field. The Bulldogs left the bases loaded three times.
State ended up winning the final two games, both on extra-inning walk-offs.
"This is a crazy game," MSU head coach John Cohen said after Sunday's 4-3 12th inning win. "Certainly, we would've liked to have ended it a little bit earlier. We just kept hanging in there, hanging in there and found a way to win."
Seth Heck had a walk-off single on Saturday to lift the Bulldogs to a 1-0 win in 10 innings. Cody Walker was walked with the bases loaded to force home Cody Brown and clinch the series for the Bulldogs on Sunday.Â
The MSU offense has shown flashes, especially at Auburn and Missouri. Heck and the rest of the offense want to keep pace with the pitching staff.
"It is frustrating as hitters," Heck said. "(Friday and Saturday) we've been trying to get those hits late in the ballgame and we didn't get them (Friday) night. When your guys are pitching so well, you really want to get those hits and you try not to press so much, but they'll come."
finalists for trophy
Two left-handed pitchers for the Bulldogs have been announced as finalists for the 11th annual C Spire Ferriss Trophy.
The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame made the announcement on Monday.
The Ferriss Trophy is presented to the top collegiate baseball player in the state of Mississippi and is chosen by Mississippi coaches, fans and professional scouts who cover Mississippi.
Lindgren, who was chosen by Perfect Game as the 45th-best prospect in the 2014 Major League Draft, has a 4-1 record, a 1.02 earned run average and opponents have batted .125 against him.
Mitchell has been selected as Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week three times this season. The starter leads the league in innings pitched with 95.2, ranks fifth in the SEC in ERA at 1.98, is tied for sixth in the conference with seven wins and places 11th in opponent batting average at .215.
The other three finalists for the Ferriss Trophy are Tyler Akins of Belhaven, Auston Bousfield from Ole Miss and Chris Ellis from Ole Miss.
The fan vote accounts for 10 percent of the final tally. That process began today at 9 a.m. and ends on Sunday at 5 p.m. Voting can be done at csopavoting.com.
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