MSU Saturday Baseball Scrimmage Stats/Info

Connor Powers wins scrimmage with 3-run HR

Mississippi State baseball played their 15th scrimmage of the fall Saturday. Included are complete stats, notes and a coach's interview. The next scrimmage is Sunday at 2:30 pm.

Highlights from the scrimmage:

  • Hitting highlights:

  • 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.

  • Pitching highlights:

  • Chad Girodo threw 3 innings, allowing 0 runs on 2 hits and 0 walks to go along with 2 strikeouts.
  • Caleb Reed allowed 0 runs on 0 hits and 2 walks while striking out 1 in 3 innings.
  • Corey Collins threw 3 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits and 1 walk. He had no strikeouts.

  • Top Velocity:

  • 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

  • Consistent Velocity By Inning (Has to throw the velocity at least twice in each inning):

  • 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.

  • Players by Positions:

  • 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:

  • There were between 35 and 40 people watching the scrimmage.
  • Sophomore centerfielder Brent Brownlee was back in the lineup after being out for a game due to a minor knee injury
  • Connor Powers hit a no-out, three-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game.

    Assistant Coach Nick Mingione Interview

    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."

    Hitters Stats
    NAME AB H RBI BB K 2B 3B HR
    Paxton Pace 4 2 0 0 1 1 0 0
    Russ Sneed 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
    Jonathan Ogden 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
    Ryan Duffy 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
    Trey Johnson 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
    Nick Vickerson 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
    Wes Thigpen 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
    Jet Butler 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Nick Ray 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
    Brent Brownlee 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Kolby Byrd 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
    Carlos Leal 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
    Ben Bracewell 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
    Luke Bole 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 0
    Ryan Collins 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
    Luke Adkins 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
    Connor Powers 3 3 3 1 0 1 0 1
    Jarrod Parks 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
    Jaron Shepherd 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Cody Freeman 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Frank Rawdow 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Frost 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Dallas Hannah 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

    Pitchers Stats
    NAME IP H SO BB ER R
    Kendall Graveman 3 4 5 2 2 2
    Caleb Reed 3 0 1 2 0 0
    Chad Girodo 3 2 2 0 0 0
    Corey Collins 3 3 0 1 1 2
    Tyler Whitney 3 3 2 4 2 2
    Greg Houston 2 1 0 1 3 3

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