April 4, 2012

Pitching only pays off for Holder

With the limited number of scholarships available Mississippi State skipper John Cohen has recruited several dual-position players over the past few years to help with that dilemma.

Jonathan Holder was expected to fill one of those multi-positional roles as a first baseman and pitcher. But after spending the fall doing both, the freshman decided to put down the bat and focus on the mound.

"About two months ago I decided to quit hitting and focus on pitching," Holder said. "My stuff started to get better and my arm felt better. Everything just started to evolve and I've just been feeling good. It was pretty tough (to put the bat down) but I knew it needed to be done. In the fall I was dead set on being a hitter and a pitcher. But after the fall I sat down and thought about it and decided I just needed to pitch."

It was a decision that seems to have paid off for the right-hander. Holder is 1-0 on the year with a flawless ERA, 10 strikeouts and only two walks in 10.2 innings of work over eight relief appearances.

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