The Mississippi State Maroon and Gray teams ended Friday's baseball scrimmage in a 2-2 tie. Included are stats, info and quotes from the Mississippi State Friday, October 24, 2014, scrimmage.
John Cohen Quotes
.... overall opinion of the scrimmage. - "I thought we had a very productive day. I was really impressed with our pitchers. Preston Brown and Daniel Brown pitched extremely well. I thought that Ross Mitchell was good. I thought that Zac Houston pitched really, really well. We had some really good pitching performances. We needed it because we had a week where we didn't throw the ball down in the zone like we want to. We defended well. We were focused."
.... on Zac Houston throwing 89-91 miles per hour velo down in the zone. - "That is what we want. I am quoting Butch Thompson here but everybody on our pitching staff is a sinker baller. And everybody on our pitching staff throws down in the zone. That is our goal. We can't survive any other way. That is our roadmap as we try to get to Omaha."
.... on Daniel Brown's pitching the first two weeks of scrimmages. - "Daniel Brown has won a lot of baseball games You don't get labels like Junior College Pitcher of the Year by accident. He can really pitch. He threw to both sides of the plate. He had great spin and was down in the zone. His breaking ball was good. He showed a very nice changeup. He is a very competitive lefthander who is just a sophomore."
.... on John Holland's two-hit performance in the scrimmage. - "He has really swung the bat well for us. He has already had some big moments in his baseball career. He's played in the College World Series. For us to be as good as we can be, John Holland has to contribute and we think he can do that for us."
.... on Ross Mitchell's pitching performance. - "Ross is good. He sank it, although he missed up in the zone a couple of times and gave up some hard hit balls. But when he's going well he's going to get a ton of ground balls. The only run he gave up was due to a high chopper to first base where we didn't make the play. And we have to make that play to be successful when a guy like Ross is on the mound."
Highlights from the scrimmage:
Cody Walker was 1-for-1.
John Holland was 2-for-3 with a walk.
Ryan Gridley was 1-for-2 with a walk.
Zac Houston threw 3 innings, allowing 0 runs on 1 hit and 4 walks while striking out 4.
Top Velocity (Consistent and Top Velocities During The 1st Inning):