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Hurlers performing well for Bulldogs at practice

January 29, 2012

Wes Rea picked up two hits and two RBI playing first base on Saturday. (Photo by Michael Wardlaw, SDN)

A near perfect afternoon for baseball in Starkville led to another outstanding performance from Mississippi State hurlers as they hold the offense in check for a 3-0 five-inning scrimmage. 

It was the second day of team practice for the Diamond Dawgs and much like the first MSU pitching took center stage. 

“Graveman was phenomenal (Saturday),” said MSU head coach John Cohen. “He was as good as he has been since he has been here. He had great stuff today and that was exciting.”

In Graveman’s two innings of work, he simply baffled MSU hitters.
Nick Routt pitched two innings as well and was effectively erratic, but still impressed his coach. 

“All of the kids pitched pretty well,” Cohen said. “I thought Nick Routt had the ball come out of his hand really well today.”

All total, Mississippi State sent six pitchers to the mound with Routt, Graveman, Louis Pollorena, Jonathan Holder, Ross Mitchell, and Tanner Gaines. 

Holder got Cohen’s attention with pitches clocked at 91-93 miles per hour on the radar gun and his impressive breaking ball. 

At the plate, redshirt freshman Wes Rea stood out with a pair of hits and two RBI. One of his hits was a one-hop ball off the right field fence and the other was a hard hit ball to left. 

“Wes is swinging it well,” said Cohen. “It is tough in these short inter-squads when you’re only getting two ABs a day… it is hard to get a rhythm. We just want to give them a taste of live at bats, but it is hard to get things going when you see a different arm every time up. "

While the rest of the office was rendered helpless, Cohen did see guys who took good cuts and had quality at-bats. 

“I thought Hunter Renfroe took some good swings today. I’m really pleased with his progress,” Cohen said. “Adam Frazier isn’t getting a lot of hits, but he is putting really good swings on balls. C.T. Bradford had some good at bats for us today. I’m really pleased with the progress we are making.”

Through two days of work, the Bulldogs are really limiting the pitches their hurlers are allowed to throw, roughly throwing 20 pitches per inning. Going forward, State plans to begin to extend its effort next week provided the weather cooperates. 

The Bulldogs plan to practice again today with another five-inning scrimmage scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

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