The Mississippi State Gray team defeated the Maroon team 6-2 behind the 3-RBI double by sophomore catcher Gavin Collins. Included are stats, info and quotes from the Mississippi State Sunday, October 26, 2014, scrimmage.
John Cohen Quotes
.... overall opinion of the first 8 scrimmages. - "It is very apparent that we have some more pop in the middle (of the lineup). I think we have to pitch to our kids a little bit differently than we have in the past. I think (the hitters) have grown a little bit this past summer. I think we have defended really well. And I think we have a nice group of pitchers who have been able to get to the bottom of the strikezone and get to both sides. And we have a group (of pitchers) who hasn't as well. Everybody goes through that in the fall. And that is why the competition in the fall will determine who those guys are going to be who can really command the baseball. We have some kids who have a ways to go and we have some kids who have made a jump."
.... on Lucas Laster and Dakota Hudson's first appearances of the fall. - "Lucas hasn't been on the mound for a month because he had mono. I was really pleased with how he got to the bottom of the strikezone. It was good to see Dakota on the mound again after having a back issue. He had some velocity. He didn't command it that well but did get two quick outs. But he just couldn't command the baseball the way that he wanted to."
.... on Hudson throwing 93-94 miles per hour during the first part of his 1 inning, then tailing off to 87-88. - "He just hasn't been out there. I don't think he has pitched live since early in the summer. But he is very, very capable of having big-time caliber stuff. He just needs to be in the strikezone and we need to get him healthy for that to happen."
.... on Paxton Stover's performance. - "Paxton got out there and did a great job. I thought he really commanded the ball well."
.... on Trevor Fitts' performance. - "I thought that Trevor went out and pitched with some tempo and really used his breaking ball a lot better."
Highlights from the scrimmage:
Gavin Collins was 1-for-2 with a double, 2 walks and 3 RBI.
Cody Walker was 1-for-1.
Cole Gordon was 1-for-2 with a walk.
Luke Reynolds was 2-for-3.
Reid Humphreys was 1-for-1 with a walk and an RBI.
Trevor Fitts threw 3 innings, allowing 0 runs on 2 hits and 1 walk while striking out 2.
Top Velocity (Consistent and Top Velocities During The 1st Inning):