State Adds Southpaw Pitcher Luis Pollorena

Recruiting for his third Mississippi State signing class is underway. Yet John Cohen is also still adding to the class of 2009-10, with lefthander and two-way player Luis Pollrena of Marion (AL) Military Institute the newest member of the 2011 Diamond Dog roster.

Pollorena is a pitcher/outfielder, listed at 5-9 and 170 pounds. Having played one spring at MMI he will come to Mississippi State with three seasons eligibility.

"We talked to every junior college coach in Alabama, and they said get this guy," Cohen said. "He can really pitch, he's really athletic, he can play an outfield spot. He's a really tough guy and likes being in the limelight."

In his juco one season, Pollorena was 11-2 pitching for Marion with a 1.77 ERA. In 91.2 innings he struck out 92 batters against just 20 walks. Offensively he batted .396 with 27 RBI and a pair of home runs, striking out only 17 times in 154 plate appearances.

Pollorena was a four-year veteran for the United High School Longhorns. He played on four District championship teams, and twice was named All-State in Class 5A. As a senior in 2009, he made 16 mound appearances with the results: a 10-3 record, three saves, and eleven complete outings. His ERA of 1.27 was matched by a batting-average-against of .199. At the plate he was a .442 hitter with nine doubles, four triples, and two home runs, and scored 36 runs in 30 games. He stole successfully 26 of 30 attempts.

While not from a highly-recruited area of his home state, the outstanding year in junior college ball put Pollorena on a lot of SEC wish-lists and Mississippi State had to compete with late interest from such league rivals as Alabama and South Carolina. Pollorena had early on committed to Troy but did not sign and was able to attract SEC offers.

"He's a confident kid and plays really hard," Cohen said. "His coaches love him, he's just a winner who has some experience and has already lived a year away from home."

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