Wednesday Baseball Scrimmage Stats and Info

Mississippi State baseball played their fourth scrimmage of the fall Wednesday afternoon. Included are complete stats, notes and interview with a player and a coach.

Highlights from the scrimmage:

  • Hitting highlights:

  • Trey Johnson was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI
    Jet Butler was 2-for-3 with an RBI
    Jarrod Parks was 1-for-1 with an RBI
    Carlos Leal was 1-for-2 with an RBI
    Sam Frost was 1-for-2
    Cody Freeman was 1-for-2
    Ryan Collins was 1-for-3 with a triple

  • Pitching highlights:

  • Chris Stratton threw 3 innings, allowing 1 run (unearned) on 1 hit and 0 walks while striking out 1
    Trey Johnson threw 3 innings, allowing 1 run (earned) on 2 hits and 0 walks while striking out 2

  • Top Velocity (applies to 1st inning pitched by each pitcher):

  • Chris Stratton 91 mph
    C.C. Watson 90 mph
    Walk-on Trent Hartzog 87 mph
    Trey Johnson 84 mph

  • Players by Positions:
  • 1B - Connor Powers, Nick Ray
    2B - Dallas Hannah, Jonathan Ogden, Nick Vickerson
    SS - Frank Rawdow, Jonathan Ogden, Nick Vickerson
    3B - Jet Butler, Sam Frost, Jarrod Parks
    C - Cody Freeman, Jet Butler, Kolby Byrd, Wes Thigpen, Carlos Leal
    LF - Luke Adkins, Ryan Duffy
    CF - Jaron Shepherd, Brent Brownlee
    RF - Trey Johnson, Jet Butler, Cody Freeman, Ryan Collins

    Notes from the park:

  • Approximately 25 fans were in attendance for the scrimmage.
  • Former Diamond Dogs Forrest Moore and Jeff Flagg were in attendance.
  • Although I don't show it on my stats, there were five hits batsmen - Trey Johnson and Jarrod Parks 2 times each and Brent Brownlee 1 time. He wasn't hit in this game but Frank Rawdow leads the Dogs in hit by pitch with 3. Several players have been hit twice each.
  • Ten of the twenty-one pitchers who pitched in the three scrimmages topped out at 90 mph or better with their fastballs. The hardest thrower on the staff has been sophomore Devin Jones who topped out at 93 mph.
  • Of the 9 true freshmen pitchers on this year's staff, 5 have hit 90 mph or higher with their fastball. The other four topped out at 88, 87, 85 and 84.

    Head Baseball Coach John Cohen Interview

    What were some positive things you saw from the scrimmage?
    "When I watch our young guys throw I see some really positive things, but then you are reminded that they are freshmen. But the exciting thing is you see that skill level. And you know that skill level is going to continue to get better.

    "Early on it's all about communication and guys feeling as comfortable as they possibly can. We are trying to get that accomplished. I feel like we are progressing in some areas, but it's really difficult because we just haven't been able to get on the field. And when you can't get on the field you can't get out in space, you can't take BP, and BP is when you are doing all of your baserunning because you don't want to tear up the field. It's been a really challenging fall so far. But our kids have worked hard."

    Frank Rawdow made several good plays today?
    "He broke his radial bone in his arm earlier but I think he is doing a really good job. He got hit by pitches in the same spot twice during Tuesday's scrimmage. But he's a battler and a worker and we are pleased with the progress that he has made from last year to this year."

    Nick Vickerson also looked good in the field today.
    "Nick Vickerson is a special player. The way he attacks it defensively. He and Jonathan Ogden. There is a skill level with those two guys. There is quickness, there is that fast-twitch type of component that they bring to our club that is very exciting."

    How is the field holding up?
    "It's holding up ok. Not as good as we want it to but it was a tough time to put it down. It's a little bit rough in some areas but we expected that. So, we are just going to have to work around that."

    Sophomore LHP Nick Routt Interview

    You didn't pitch this past summer partly due to a back spasm that you had last season. When did it happen last season?
    "It happened during the Vanderbilt series. I pitched hurt in the Ole Miss series and the LSU series."

    What exactly is a back spasm?
    "It's basically a bunch of knots in the same muscle. So, it causes it to always be tight and causes some pain and uncomfortableness."

    Was that the primary reason you decided not to pitch this summer?
    "I didn't pitch this summer for a couple of reasons - 1) I had thrown more innings than I had ever thrown in my life and I wanted to give my arm a break, give it some rest."

    Did the back spasm heal during the time you were resting your arm?
    "It really wasn't that bad but the reason it didn't heal was because I continued lifting and throwing. I really didn't give it any rest. I kind of thought that it would kind of release on its on. But it didn't."

    You came back this fall and didn't really pitch much until recently. When did you actually start pitching again?
    "I waited about two or three weeks after the team started (the four-on-ones) before I started throwing. But during the entire summer I work with Joe, a physical therapist here (at Mississippi State). He works at the health center but he comes to the Shira (Fieldhouse) from 1 to 5 and works with everyone who has had arm surgery."

    Is the back spasm gone or do you still have it?
    "It's gone and I'm doing fine."

    You threw one inning in your first outing of the fall. How do you feel you did?
    "I was pretty rusty. It was the first time I had thrown in a game since the LSU series. I couldn't get my pitches down. I was pretty much up all the time. But other than that, I felt pretty good."

    Hitters Stats
    Brent Brownlee 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
    Jonathan Ogden 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Collins 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Ryan Duffy 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jet Butler 3 2 1 0 1 0 0 0
    Wes Thigpen 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Nick Vickerson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jarrod Parks 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Nick Ray 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
    Carlos Leal 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
    Trey Johnson 3 2 2 1 0 0 0 0
    Jaron Shepherd 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
    Connor Powers 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Luke Adkins 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Frost 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
    Cody Freeman 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
    Frank Rawdow 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Dallas Hannah 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kolby Byrd 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

    Pitchers Stats
    Chris Stratton 3 1 1 0 0 1
    C.C. Watson 3 6 2 0 2 2
    Trey Johnson 3 2 2 0 1 1
    Trent Hartzog 3 2 1 3 2 2

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