Walker, Lovelady Both Ready For Catching Call

They don’t yet know which will get the Opening Day start. That’s fine, too. Because both Cody Walker (pictured) and Josh Lovelady do know each is going to get lots of innings with the mitt for Mississippi State.

Senior Walker and junior transfer Lovelady are being thrust into first-line work for Mississippi State’s season-opening weekend. Returning starter Gavin Collins is sidelined for several weeks with a left (catching) hand surgery. Losing a 2014 Freshman All-SEC catcher is no ideal way to begin the 2015 campaign, of course.

But neither is it reason for panic. “Obvioulyy Gavin being a pre-season All-American that’s a huge responsibility to fill,” Walker said. “But both me and Josh have the ability to do so and we’re fully confident in our abilities to get it done behind the plate.”

Lovelady agrees. “When Gavin went down, me and Cody kind of took it in our hands to take over the duty. I feel so far we work together as a unit and going into this weekend me and Cody are pretty confident with what we’re doing.”

These Bulldog backstops (Lovelady left, Walker right) talk about getting this season underway, and their confidence level after fall and preseason scrimmaging, in today’s video interview. Coach John Cohen said deciding who catches the first pitch, from starter Preston Brown, in Friday’s 4:00 opener against Cincinnati, was to be settled by the staff later today.

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