Garrett Pitts: "It Feels Good"

Mississippi State class of 2010 commitment Garrett Pitts, a senior at Fairhope (AL) High School, had a chance this past weekend to play on Mississippi State's Dudy Noble Field while playing for the Bama Bombers in the two-day Bama Bombers Tournament. It was his first time to play on the field since he committed to the Bulldogs.

"It feels good," said Garrett Pitts, of his Dudy Noble Field playing experience. "The atmosphere and the presence this stadium has and the people you always see when you come to games ... you just paint that mental picture of what it will be like when you step out in front of the 10,000 fans at Dudy Noble."

However, this wasn't his first time to play on the field.

"We played one game here last year, (but) I've probably been out here five or six times, and played six or seven games," said the 5-11, 185-pounder.

Speaking of playing, Garrett has played well this summer with the Bama Bombers.

"I've done well this summer, hitting around .500," said Garrett, who was 4-for-10 with 2 walks and a double in the three-games that he played Friday and Saturday. One of the hits was a single up the middle off a 90 miles per hour fastball thrown by Carson Baranik, who is currently ranked one of the top 24 players, and 12th best pitcher, in the class of 2011 by Perfect Game.

While Garrett's offensive game is excellent, he's also considered an outstanding defensive player, but he's trying to become even better in the field this summer.

"I've been working on a lot of things (defensively), throwing from different arm slots and making sure I'm moving my feet well," said Garrett.

While a middle infielder by trade, the Bulldog coaching staff has told him, due to his versatility, that they will look at him at several different positions during the fall of his freshman season, which will be the fall of 2010.

"They told me that I would either play short, second, behind the plate or at third," said Garrett, who played exclusively at shortstop during this past weekend's Bama Bombers Tournament.

Garrett, whose father is a long-time Bulldog fan, has an uncle and grandfather with Bulldog connections as well. His uncle, Scott Jones, is one of the Mississippi State team doctors while his grandfather is James Ashmore, a former All-American basketball player at State. Garrett is excited to add to the family Bulldog tree.

"(Playing for Mississippi State) is a chance to come back home and represent the Bulldogs," said Garrett.

Garrett is not the only one excited about the prospect of him being a part of the Bulldog program. His future head coach is just as excited.

"(MSU head) Coach (John) Cohen called me (July 1st) early in the morning just to congratulate me on being in the program," said Garrett. "He said he couldn't wait for me to get here. It was awesome to have him call me.

"I told him I appreciated the call and appreciated their interest in me and for allowing me to be in the program."

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