Connor Powers was 3-for-3 with a double, home run and 3 RBI.
Paxton Pace was 2-for-4 with a double.
Brent Brownlee was 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Jarrod Parks was 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Wes Thigpen was 1-for-2.
Dallas Hannah was 1-for-1.
Kendall Graveman - 89 miles per hour
Greg Houston - 87 miles per hour
Tyler Whitney - 86 miles per hour
Caleb Reed - 86 miles per hour
Corey Collins - 85 miles per hour
Chad Girodo - 85 miles per hour
Kendall Graveman - 87-87, 86-88, 87-88.
Corey Collins - 83-84, 80-84, 80-83.
Chad Girodo - 80-81, 80-82, 81-81.
Tyler Whitney - 82-86, 84-85, 81-85.
Caleb Reed - 84-85, 84-85, 84-86.
Houston - 86-87, 84-85, 84-85.
1B - Trey Johnson, Nick Ray, Connor Powers
2B - Jonathan Ogden, Nick Vickerson, Sam Frost, Dallas Hannah, Frank Rawdow
SS - Nick Vickerson, Jonathan Ogden, Frank Rawdow, Sam Frost
3B - Jet Butler, Jarrod Parks
C - Wes Thigpen, Jet Butler, Cody Freeman, Dallas Hannah
LF - Dallas Hannah, Trey Johnson, Ryan Duffy, Luke Adkins, Jaron Shepherd
CF - Brent Brownlee, Ryan Collins
RF - Jaron Shepherd, Luke Adkins, Ryan Duffy, Trey Johnson
Notes from the park:
What were some positives you saw from the scrimmage?
"I thought that (juco RHP) Corey Collins once again did a really good job of getting beneath guys and filling up the zone. (True freshman LHP) Chad Girodo threw a bunch of strikes. (True freshman RHP) Kendall Graveman did a good job competing.
"Offensively, it was good to see Connor Powers swinging the ball well. He's not only getting hits but hitting with power. Ryan Collins continues to have good at-bats.
"I think our short game created some issues for us. We were able to get some bunts down and force our defense to make some tough decisions. And ultimately it appeared that every time we got one of our bunts down or moved the runner that runner ended up scoring."
Juco transfer infielder Nick Vickerson continues to impress me, especially defensively.
"Yeah, he has done a good job. He's always been able to defend. That is one of the reasons he is here at Mississippi State. He made a big play in the ninth, back-hand a ball in the hold then throw a one-hop strike to keep the game going and save a win. He is an exciting player."
Russ Sneed has looked pretty good hitting the ball since he's been back.
"Russ is probably as good of a competitor as we have. And he is for sure one of the toughest guys on our team. He hasn't hit much this fall but he's competitive. He's going to have good at-bats because he actually wills himself to have good at-bats."
I noticed after each three innings, the team that loses the three innings has to run. That appears to have started this week.
"What we are trying to do is work on the last three outs of the game. Actually, what we are playing is the 7th, 8th and 9th inning of every game and it is a 0-0 game, so everything matters. The pitchers are in positions where they are forced to make pitches. Defensively, we have to make plays. We have to jack up our intensity. Just like in life there is a winner and a loser. And there are consequences."
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