A Team Effort

Mississippi State, just three wins from a national championship, has a 7-1 record in post-season play. And it's been a total team effort that has included heroics from the position starters, starting pitchers, pinch-hitters and relief pitchers.

Everybody knows by now that junior Hunter Renfroe was a 1st round draft pick in this month's Major League Baseball Draft. And everybody knows about ace sophomore closer Jonathan Holder. But Mississippi State is more than those two. It has been a team effort that has accomplished a 7-1 record in post-season play.


Hitting-wise, junior Adam Frazier has been hot in post-season, hitting .417, which leads the team. He has had 15 hits in 36 at-bats and has scored 7 runs while knocking in 8. He even tied the school record with a six-hit performance against Virginia in the Super Regional held at Virginia.

Not far behind him is Renfroe who has hit .382 in post-season play. In 34 official at-bats he has scored 6 runs while knocking in 8.

Someone who has come to the forefront in post-season is redshirt sophomore Wes Rea. Rea, in 30 official at-bats, has hit .367 while scoring 3 runs and knocking in 8. He knocked in the game-winning RBI in the 8th inning against Oregon State in MSU's first game in the College World Series.

Junior Alex Detz has also come on strong in post-season play, hitting .357 in 28 official at-bats while scoring 7 runs and knocking in 1. His seven runs scored ties Frazier for the team lead. Detz had the game-winning RBI against Central Arkansas.

Junior Demarcus Henderson also has hit the ball well in the post-season, batting at a .355 clip with 6 runs scored and 4 RBI in 31 official at-bats. His game-tying single on a 2-2 count in the 8th inning against Indiana in the College World Series was an important at-bat in the inning.

Junior Brett Pirtle has also performed well in post-season, hitting .303 in 33 official at-bat, scoring 8 runs and knocking in 5. He leads the team in runs scored in post-season. He has had two game-winning at-bats, a single against South Alabama and a sac fly against Virginia.

Although he has only had 6 official at-bats in post-season, senior Trey Porter has made the most of his opportunities, getting two hits while knocking in 3 runs, including a 2-runs single against Indiana in the 8th inning in the College World Series.

Junior Derrick Armstrong, in limited at-bats, has 2 hits in 8 official at-bats (.250 batting average) and scored 1 run.

Although he is only hitting .167 in post-season (3-for-18), senior Sam Frost scored 3 runs while knocking in 2.

Junior C.T. Bradford is hitting .133 in post-season while scoring 2 runs and knocking in 3. One of his hits was the game-winner in the 7th inning against Virginia in the Super Regional.

Senior Nick Ammirati, while only hitting .111 in post-season (3-for-27), has been stellar behind the plate both calling pitches and playing defense.


Senior Kendall Graveman has been the leader among the starting pitchers, winning 2 games against Central Arkansas and Virginia. He has thrown 19.1 innings, while allowing 7 earned runs for a 3.26 ERA. He has a 2-0 record in post-season play.

Sophomore Trevor Fitts has become MSU's game-two starter and he's given MSU what they wanted for him, three quality starts. Due to MSU's deep bullpen, the coaching staff was looking for Fitts to go into the 3rd inning, something he has done in each start. In his three outings he has thrown 7.1 inning, allowing 3 earned runs for a 3.68 ERA.

Redshirt junior Ben Bracewell has started one game during post-season, allowing 2 runs in 2.1 innings. He struck out 5 while walking 2 and allowing 1 hit.

Senior Luis Pollorena started the other game in post-season and performed well in the first three innings of his outing, allowing no runs in those innings. He gave up 2 runs in the 4th before being lifted for Ross Mitchell. MSU eventually won that game.

In the bullpen, Mississippi State has primarily counted on four relievers - senior Chad Girodo, sophomore Ross Mitchell, sophomore Jonathan Holder and sophomore Will Cox.

Girodo, in four post-season outings, has thrown 19.1 innings, allowing 5 runs (all earned) on 18 hits and 5 walks while striking out 34. His ERA is 2.33. He has been used in long relief, going over 6 innings in two of his outings. He has earned 3 wins in post-season.

Mitchell, like Girodo, has been used in long relief. In his three post-season outings, he has thrown 11.2 innings, allowing 0 runs on 9 hits and 4 walks while striking out 6. He has earned a couple of wins and a save in the post-season.

Holder has been MSU's closer all season long and that hasn't changed in post-season. In 4 games he has thrown 5 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned). Although he has been a little shaky defensively in a couple of games, he has earned 4 saves.

Cox has appeared in 1 post-season game, allowing 0 runs on 0 hits and 0 walks while striking out 2 in 2 innings against Central Arkansas.

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

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