The Mississippi State Maroon team defeated the Gray teams 5-4 Saturday afternoon. Included are stats, info and quotes from the Mississippi State Saturday, October 25, 2014, scrimmage.
Player and Coach Quotes:
John Cohen Quotes
.... overall opinion of the scrimmage. - "The great benefit of today was it was a very competitive game and we got into some great situational baseball, both offensively, defensively and on the mound. I thought we had some guys swing the bat well. Obviously, Reid Humphreys swung it well (hit a 2-run home run). I thought that Brent Rooker and Wes Rea swung it well. John Holland swung it well. I was really pleased with how (relief pitcher) Logan Elliot came in and competed late in the ballgame and made some quality pitches to get out of a tough jam."
.... on the 2-2 tie game Friday and the 5-4 game Saturday being great for all aspects of the team. - "Oh yeah. (Today) was a 4-0 game the the fact that the other team jumps in there with 5 runs makes it competitive. It gives you those type situations that you know you are going to have in the spring. You can't prepare for those things until you actually have those moments. They have to just happen. And that is what happened today."
.... on Gavin Collins and John Holland both going 3-for-4 while batting on the same team in the 3 and 4 spot in the lineup. - "Those guys are really swinging it well. You can tell that by the way they are taking pitches. Their timing is very good right now."
.... on left fielders Reid Humphreys and Brent Rooker playing and hitting well right now. - "I thought that Humphreys made the play of the game running the ball down in left field. And left field is new to Reid but he made an unbelievable play that really saved the game for his team."
.... on catcher Josh Lovelady's defensive play. - "Josh is really getting better every single day. He seems like he is getting more comfortable with our pitching staff. He has done a great job blocking the ball. He had a block and recover throw on a ball in the dirt today. He is doing a great job and is working really hard."
... on pitcher Vance Tatum's performance. - "Vance has a runner on third base with no one out and got out of it. Those are the things that you have to do at our level to be successful. You can't just give them that run. You have to compete your way through it and work through your patterns and find a way to leave that guy on third base."
Gavin Collins Quotes
.... on he and John Holland hitting so well in the 3 and 4 spots in the lineup. - "I am watching the pitches that they are throwing to him even though he is a lefty. It seems like every time he goes up to bat he is swinging the bat well. He squares every pitch up that he swings at. He puts balls in play hard and he does a good job with 2 strikes. What he is doing at bat is really helping me because he is putting pressure on the pitchers. So, when I come up he's done most of the job for me already."
.... on what the pitchers are throwing him when John Holland is on base before him. - "If he is on first base they are trying to get a ground ball so I'm getting a lot of fastballs down in the zone, away and in, just trying to get ground balls. John has done a really good job with the running game, causing a couple of bad pitches that I was fortunate to get my barrel on."
.... on catching Vance Tatum. - "I caught Tatum today. He was down in the zone and threw two pitches for strikes today. He also did a great job not letting guys score when they were on second and third. He has been going back and forth between starting and coming in at the back end of the game roles. Right now, he really wants to be in the starting role, that Friday night guy. He's really shooting for that. The way he pitched today and competed gave us a great chance to win the ballgame."
.... on Austin Sexton. - "He is doing a better job of understanding what we are trying to do with the starting role. He's filling up the zone early, getting early contact with ground balls."
.... on Zac Houston. - "Zac is really working hard. He really wants a job, too. He is probably going to be back-end, maybe closer guy. Jacob Billingsley is doing that as well."
Highlights from the scrimmage:
Matt Spruill was 2-for-4 with a stolen base.
John Holland was 3-for-4.
Gavin Collins was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
Wes Rea was 1-for-2 with an RBI and 2 walks.
Luke Reynolds was 1-for-2 with 2 RBI.
Reid Humphreys was 1-for-2 with a home run, 2 RBI and a walk.
Josh Lovelady was 1-for-2.
Logan Elliot threw 1 inning, allowing 0 runs on 2 hits and 1 walk while striking out 0.
Vance Tatum threw 3 innings, allowing 0 runs on 0 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4.
Top Velocity (Consistent and Top Velocities During The 1st Inning):