1-on-1 With Senior INF Matthew Britton

Mississippi State senior infielder Matthew Britton talks one-on-one with Gene's Page.

  • Name: Matthew Britton
  • Position: MIF
  • Class: Senior
  • HT: WT: 6-foot-1, 205
  • Bats-Throws: L-R
  • High School: Cullman (AL) High School

  • You played in the Cape Cod League this past summer and hit the ball really well in that league. And you were facing SEC quality pitching day-in, day-out. Talk about that. "Toward the end of the season I was hitting pretty good then slumped a little in the regional. Then, I went up to the Cape (Cod League) and felt comfortable, I was squaring everything up. The pitching up there was unbelievable. Everybody that you are facing (is throwing) 92-94 (miles per hour fastballs). I just tried to keep everything simple and barrel it up."

    Did you expect that type hitting during the summer? "It started coming together last year. I was still working on some things when we ended the season. Coach (Ron) Polk was my coach up there and he kept working with me and we figured it out. And I felt comfortable all summer swinging the bat."

    Coach Cohen has always felt you were going to be a good hitter. How did it feel knowing he was always in your corner? "It is comforting knowing that he is behind me and believes in me. You don't have the pressure of knowing if I don't hit today I'm not going to play tomorrow. You can go out and play relaxed. It's just comforting being out there knowing that he is behind you."

    How easy are the falls now that you have been through so many of them? "You know what to expect especially when you are going into your fourth year because you have been through it so many times. You know how the coaches work. They are trying to put pressure on you right now. You just have to play your game."

    You are one of the seniors on the team. How are you trying to be a leader? "I try to be here for everybody. If anybody needs anything they know that they can come to me and I'll do my best to help them. Mostly, I'm trying to tell the (new) guys to relax, just play the game that got them here."

    What are your thoughts about the new stadium that is going to be built in two to three years? "That new stadium is going to be unbelievable when they get it done. It is going to be unreal for recruiting, for fans. I'm for sure going to come back and watch games in that stadium. It's going to be fun."

    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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