MSU Signee Will Cox Dominant In Start

Amory High School senior right-handed pitcher Will Cox, a Mississippi State signee, led his team to a 4-0 victory over Kosciusko High School Tuesday night in a game played at Amory High School.

Below is an inning by inning account of how Will Cox did against Kosciusko High School March 22, 2011:

1st Inning:

Will needed just 9 pitches (7 of which were strikes) to retire the side in order, striking out the first batter on a slider then getting the next two hitters to ground out to the shortstop and second baseman. He consistently threw his fastball 88-90 in the inning.

2nd Inning:

Will threw even less pitches in the second, throwing 8 total, all for strikes. He used a four-seam fastball, a two-seam fastball, a slider and a curve to retire the side in order, the second time to do that in the same number of innings. His four-seam fastball was consistently in the 88-89 mph range. He recorded two strikeouts in the inning and a fly out to right field.

3rd Inning:

In the third he allowed his first hit, a ball that was hit to the third baseman but the runner legged it out for a hit, just beating the throw by inches. He surrounded the infield single with three strikeouts, his 4th, 5th and 6th of game. Showing his versatility, he got a strikeout on a curve, a slider and a fastball. His four-seam fastball velo was in the 88-89 mph range. He threw 14 pitches, 12 for strikes.

4th Inning:

In the fourth, Will used just 12 pitches, 10 for strikes, to retire the side, the third time in four innings that he did that. He recorded a ground out, a strikeout (his 7th of the game) and a pop up to the first baseman. His lone strikeout in the inning was on a changeup. His velo was in the 88-90 range, topping out at 91 for the first time in the game.

5th Inning:

Once again, Will had an 8-pitch inning, the same number he had in the 2nd inning. And like the 2nd, all eight were strikes. He recorded two strikeouts (his 8th and 9th) to go along with a ground out to short. Although he used mostly off-speed pitches in this inning, he did throw a couple of fastballs, one 87 mph and one 88.

6th Inning:

Kosciusko got their second hit of the game in this inning, with right-hand hitting Ty Dean hitting a grounder to the right side that just got by the second baseman. But like the inning where Kosciusko got their first hit of the game, Will struck out the other three batters he faced in the inning. He used all five of his pitches in this inning and pretty much confused the hitters with the pitching plan that was used in the inning. His four-seam fastball was in the 87-89 mph range in the inning. He threw 14 pitches, 11 for strikes.

7th Inning:

In the final frame, after using three of his pitches to get the first batter to pop up to the second baseman, Will went almost exclusively to his four-seam fastball the last two batters in the inning, throwing it five times, all in the 90-91 range. He struck one of the two batters out on a 91 mph fastball while the other one struck out on a 81 changeup. Will only needed 10 pitches, 9 for strikes, to retire the side in order.

Game Recap:

Will only needed 75 pitches in the seven-inning complete game victory, 65 of which were strikes. During a span from the 1st to the 3rd inning, he threw 15 straight strikes. He did not get a three-ball count on a single batter and only got a two-ball count on one batter. Of his 75 strikes, 27 of them were swing and miss strikes.

His four-seam fastball velo was primarily 88-90, topping out at 91 a couple of times, while his two-seam fastball was thrown in the 84-86 range. He threw 32 four-seam fastballs, 8 that were either 90 or 91 mph. His changeup velo was in the 80-81 range while his slider was in the 77-79 range. His curveball was thrown in the 75-76 range.

Of his outs, 14 were strikeouts, 2 were infield popups, 4 were groundball outs and 1 was a flyball out.

Just to show you how dominant Will has been in his last three outings (all victories), he has allowed just 1 run (unearned) on 8 hits and 3 walks while striking out 36 in 19 innings.


Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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