Mississippi State baseball

Mississippi State pitcher Ethan Small works against Stanford at the Starkville Super Regional.

When Ethan Small toes the pitching rubber at T.D. Ameritrade Park on Sunday night as Mississippi State’s starter in the Bulldogs’ opening game of the College World Series, he’ll do so as the best pitcher in the nation according to one outlet.

Small was chosen as the National Pitcher of the Year by the College Baseball Foundation on Wednesday. He’s the first MSU player to win the award in program history.

It has been a year of historical proportions for Small. The left-hander has posted a 10-2 record this season with a 1.76 earned run average. Small hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any start all year long.

It’s been a year marked by incredible consistency for Small. Even on nights when he hasn’t had his best stuff, he’s more often than not leading the Bulldogs to victory.

For more notes on MSU's baseball team as it prepares to play at the College World Series, see Thursday's Starkville Daily News.

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