The game, and the sweep, were safely in-hand, enough so that a freshman was handed closing duties.…
Bulldogs Complete Series Sweep With 6-0 Win
Giving Pollorena the ball was the right call. Taking over in the fourth inning of Sunday's second contest with Portland, the southpaw knocked out a fast 4.1 frames and earned the winning decision in Mississippi State's 6-0 shutout. Coming after a 7-1 preceding triumph, the Bulldogs finished their opening weekend with a four-game sweep of the Pilots. Pollorena (1-0) was the right man in the middle innings. He entered with a 1-0 lead and left with a 2-0 margin that would have sufficed thanks to more solid relief work. Though the way Pollorena pitched Portland he could conceivably have completed the evening, scattering three hits and two walks with six strikeouts. "I was trying to throw strikes," he said. "We have a good back-end with Bracewell and Holder and I was trying to do whatever I could to get to those guys." Part of his projection came true; Ben Bracewell did take the ball off Pollorena's left hand in the eighth inning with a pair of Pilots on bases. Bracewell left them there...
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