The Maroon team defeated the Gray team 5-4 behind the two-RBI day by senior Jake Vickerson and three shutout innings by another senior, Trevor Fitts. Enclosed are stats, info and quotes from the Mississippi State Tuesday, October 21, 2014, scrimmage.
Player and Coach Quotes:
John Cohen Quotes
.... on sophomore third baseman Luke Reynolds who was 3-for-4 in the game. - "(Sophomore third baseman) Luke Reynolds is a young man who really swung the bat (well) tonight and did some things for us."
.... on true freshman RHP Aaron Dominguez who threw 1 inning in the game and kept the ball down in the zone for the most part - "I was really pleased with how (Aaron) Dominguez came out and kept the ball down in the strikezone. I thought that Myles Gentry threw the ball down in the strikezone."
.... on Jake Vickerson who was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI - "(Jake) Vickerson, there was no doubt in my mind that he was going to come back as a better player. He went out to California and had a great summer there. I really think he has a chance to put together a nice senior year for us."
.... on Jacob Robson who used his speed to score the first run of game, doubling in the first inning, then running in on an error - "(Jacob) Robson is pressuring the defense and that is what I want. He is a guy who has tremendous speed so he is a guy who can do that. And he's another guy who feels he has something to prove. He wants to be a guy who really helps this baseball team win some games. I think he is going to be a big part of what we are trying to do this spring."
.... on Trevor Fitts who threw 3 innings of shutout ball in his new relief role - "Trevor (Fitts) has a really nice breaking ball and we are trying to make a decision on him. The thing that Trevor is he is a guy who really understands the game. He is never going to be out of position in terms of understanding the situation of the ballgame."
.... on True freshman pitcher Cole Gordon who threw 3 innings, allowing 1 run - "Cole (Gordon) is 16 months off of Tommy John surgery. He gets a little bit better every time out. He threw a few more breaking balls tonight. I think in the long term he is going to be a very nice player for us, not only as a pitcher. He took some really nice swings for us tonight. I think he is going to do a lot for us."
Trevor Fitts Quotes
... on being used in relief this fall - "I had a conversation with Coach Thompson. We had to evaluate whether it was my pride that wanted me to be a starter or if I was legitimately good enough. We thought about it and he said we have seen you start for about a year and a half now. Now, we need to see what happens when we put you in the bullpen either as a closer or as a one time through the lineup kind of guy. That is what we are doing right now. So far, it has worked out well for me."
... on being brought in at the start of the second inning in the game - "I talked to Coach T (Thompson) about it. I had closed Saturday. So I asked him if he was thinking early in the game or closing the game. He said he was thinking that it would be a little bit earlier this time. He didn't have a specific inning."
... on being able to throw more than an inning or two like so many relievers normally do - "My arm is conditioned to throw more innings than a lot of pitchers. It doesn't really ever get sore. So, hopefully, it stays that way."
... on what he had going in the game - "I had my breaking ball was really good. My fastball was kind of up in the zone but today my breaking ball played off of that. Like I said my fastball was up but my breaking ball starts at the same place when it comes out of my hand. It just broke away from them when they thought it was a fastball (that I threw to them). It really got me out of some tough, three-ball situations today."
Luke Reynolds Quotes
... on how he has done during the 5 scrimmages that MSU has played so far - "I'm just trying to come out and get a pitch to hit then barrel it up and let whatever happens happen. I'm just trying to come out and have fun playing the game."
... on what he had going on during the game when he went 3-for-4 - "The pitchers were keeping the ball down in the zone but they weren't getting the calls they wanted and I was trying to take advantage of that strikezone. I was waiting on the pitch that I could hit and drive. And luckily I was able to get a few pitches that I could drive and take advantage of."
Highlights from the scrimmage:
Luke Reynolds was 3-for-4.
John Holland was 1-for-2 with a walk.
Jake Vickerson was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI.
Josh Lovelady was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a walk.
Logan Elliot threw 1.2 innings, allowing 0 runs on 0 hits or walks. He also didn't strikeout anybody.
Trevor Fitts threw 3 innings, allowing 0 runs on 2 hits and 0 walks, while striking out 4.
Top Velocity (Consistent and Top Velocities During The 1st Inning):