April 20, 2012

Super series win for the Bulldogs

STARKVILLE, Miss., - Mississippi State has clinched its Super Bulldog Weekend series in the first two games behind outstanding complete game pitching performances.

Friday night it was Kendall Graveman's turn to stifle Tennessee for nine innings in the Diamond Dogs 7-1 victory in front of a season-high 6,424 at Dudy Noble Field.

Graveman went the distance for MSU allowing one run on three hits, eight strikeouts and just two walks for his second complete game of the season. Graveman also got 15 groundouts as well.

"Since I started throwing three pitches for strikes I really think my strikeouts have gone up," Graveman said. "It's harder for a hitter the more pitches you can throw in the zone and it makes it much more difficult."

The series win is the second for the Bulldogs this season as they improve to 7-10 in conference play and 23-16 overall.

"I felt like we did a better job commanding the strike zone offensively and that's something that we have to do," said MSU skipper John Cohen. "That's something we are really working on hard. These kids are trying so hard. The makeup of this group is just unbelievable. I'd like to take credit for that but it comes from the recruiting process. You go out and you've got to find kids who are tough and have tremendous makeup and come from great families. We're fortunate to have that. That's why I feel like we can go on a run in the second half because of the character of this group of kids and how bad they want this."

State collected seven hits on the evening led by first baseman Wes Rea who went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs.

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