1-on-1 With Redshirt Junior RHP Ben Hudspeth

Mississippi State redshirt junior right-hand pitcher Ben Hudspeth talks one-on-one with Gene's Page.

  • Name: Ben Hudspeth
  • Position: RHP
  • Class: Redshirt Junior
  • HT: WT: 6-foot-0, 210
  • Bats-Throws: R-R
  • High School: Tupelo (MS) High School
  • Junior College: Itawamba (MS) Community College

  • What were some things you tried to work on this past summer?
    "I always try to work on my command, stay down in the zone, get my slider tighter and get more swing and misses. Work on my craft, as we call it."

    What do you feel like you accomplished during the summer?
    "I feel like the goals that I set for myself for the summer I accomplished them. I got in the zone more and got more swings and misses."

    You redshirted last season. Did you have to work some of the rust off during the summer when you first started pitching again?
    "I did but we faced some of the redshirts here right before we left (for the summer), so that was a good start to dusting some of the rust off before the ballgames started."

    While you are redshirting when do you get to pitch against live competition?
    "The first couple of months we are mainly working on getting our bodies in better shape, so that we could perform at a high level. Then, during the latter part of the month, we were able to get our arms back in shape by throwing. The hitters got to get some at-bats off of us. That was more toward the end of the year."

    How tough was it for you to redshirt?
    "Redshirting is tough because you have to sit back and watch everybody else play. But you know your time is coming because it is going to be your job to take the place of the guys who are leaving."

    What did you and Butch Thompson talk about during the summer?
    "He was just keeping in touch, making sure we were staying healthy and doing the right things to keep our arms in shape, making sure we were performing at a high level."

    With a fall under your belt, how much better prepared are you for this coming fall scrimmages?
    "It is nice knowing what is ahead of you because you know what your body needs to be in shape for."

    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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