MSU baseball players talk about their win

Mississippi State baseball players talked about their 18-4 win over Jackson State. With the win, Mississippi State goes to 4-0 on the young season.

Sophomore outfielder Brad Corley (1-of-2, 1 home run, 4 RBI)

You've hit two home runs in two games. Was that the kind of power hitter you were in high school?
"I hit them like that a lot in high school. But the ball doesn't travel as good here, so it's harder to hit home runs."

I know the pitching you faced wasn't the best that you will face, but you guys are hitting the ball really, really well right now.
"Our bats have been hot all year. It's fun to come out here and swing like that. I'm looking forward to the season this year because I think we are going to put up some big numbers."

Are you, Brian (LaNinfa) and Craig (Tatum) getting a little competitive since you all have either 2 or 3 home runs?
"I wouldn't say that. I'm just happy to be hitting the ball hard. If it goes out, it goes out. I hope everybody hits home runs on the team this year."

Talk about how tough it was to play in the outfield due to all the standing water on it.
"Yeah, it was soaked. I looked outside at about 12 and I didn't think we were going to play. I'm glad we got it in."

Sophomore starting pitcher Brooks Dunn (Winner, 5 innings, 2 hits, 3 strikeouts, 0 walk, 1 unearned run)

How did you feel at the start of the game?
"That was the first time that I had gotten on the mound this year, so I was a little bit nervous. But once we started getting some runs, I loosen up."

When did coach tell you that you were going to start this game?
"He told me about three days ago."

What pitches were working for you today?
"My curveball, which was kind of surprising because I haven't had it in a couple of years. Coach Rock has been working with me and it finally came around. I was also able to locate my fastball once I settled down after that first inning."

How much more confident do you feel this year after having gone through a year of college baseball?
"It is almost like as a freshman when you come in here you are almost too confident. You get so juiced up with adrenalin you want to throw every pitch as hard as you can. Last year, I was throwing every pitch chest high. But, what it comes down to is I matured after watching guys last year, the Paul Maholms, the Brian Owens. You watch those guys and you realize all you have to do is go out there and pitch your game and good things will happen to you."

This offense really helps the pitchers, doesn't it?
"You might give up one run, like I did in the first, but you don't get down on yourself because you know that one run won't beat us. One run won't beat us all year."

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