The Mississippi State Maroon team defeated the Gray team 4-1 behind the pitching of Lucas Laster and Dakota Hudson. Included are stats, info and quotes from the Mississippi State Sunday, November 2, 2014 scrimmage.
Player and Coach Quotes:
John Cohen Quotes
.... overall opinion of the scrimmage. - "We had 4 or 5 really good defensive plays in the infield. We also had too many 3-ball counts today. We had 14 three-ball counts, which is not indicative of our pitching staff. We have to improve in that area. And offensively, we need to take advantage of that. But I certainly thought we really defended well today. That is kind of a hallmark of our club."
.... on Lucas Laster pitching again. - "It was great getting Lucas Laster out there again. He didn't have the command that he normally has but this was only his second start after coming off of mono."
.... the infield defense. - "I thought that (Ryan) Gridley made some great plays and I thought that (Matt) Spruill made two great plays at third base. Our infielders are doing a really great job and are really focused in. When you have fielders that good on the infield you need to attack the strikezone and get early contact."
.... on injuries. - "(Gavin) Collins is nursing a little bit of a sore shoulder but I think we are going to get him back soon. Matthew Britton had a little knee surgery and will be out 4 weeks. I think he will be as good as new. (Ben) Hudspeth had a little injury on the mound where he hurt his knee. He is going to be out 8 to 12 weeks. But we think we will get him back. It is a real shame because he had been pitching very, very well. (Joey) Swinarski had a little collision injury in a rundown play. We had to hold him out until he was cleared to play. Hopefully, we will get him back full-go shortly."
Highlights from the scrimmage:
Jake Vickerson was 1-for-2 with a double.
Gavin Collins was 1-for-2 with a walk.
Wes Rea was 1-for-2.
John Holland was 1-for-2.
Seth Heck was 2-for-2 with an RBI.
Lucas Laster threw 4 innings, allowing 1 unearned run on 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 2.
Dakota Hudson threw 1 inning, allowing 0 runs on 1 hit and 0 walks while striking out 1.
Top Velocity (Consistent and Top Velocities During The 1st Inning):
Lucas Laster - 85-87, 87 miles per hour
Dakota Hudson - 90-91, 91 miles per hour
Levi Mintz - 85-90, 90 miles per hour
Logan Elliot - 80-80, 83 miles per hour
Jacob Billingsley - 83-85, 85 miles per hour
Cole Barlow - 84-86, 86 miles per hour
Players by Positions:
1B - Cole Gordon, Wes Rea, Trent Waddell
2B - Seth Heck, John Holland, Ryan Gridley, Matt Spruill