April 29, 2012

State takes third straight home series

STARKVILLE, Miss., - Mississippi State sent 34 batters to the plate Sunday and managed only two singles.

But the Bulldogs took full advantage of six walks and five hit batters for a 4-2 victory over Ole Miss to clinch their third consecutive SEC series.

"I think we're pitching it and defending it at a very high level," said MSU skipper John Cohen. "If you said 'hey John, would you rather lose this game and get 15 hits or win this game and get two?' I'd take what we got. We're not a great offensive club right now but our kids are doing whatever it takes."

Both of the Diamond Dog hits came off the bat of catcher Mitch Slater, who finished the game 2-for-4 and helped his squad improve to 10-11 in the conference and 27-17 overall.

The star of Sunday's game was also the smallest player on field. Luis Pollorena, who is listed generously at 5-foot-7, 168-pounds, improved to 3-0 on the mound. Pollorena started and went 5 1/3 shutout innings scattering four hits, two walks and a career-high seven strikeouts.

"The opportunity was given to me and I was blessed enough to be able to come out here and be successful," Pollorena said. "I hope that I can keep on pushing this team and helping this team any way I can whether it's starting on Sunday or throwing one inning every day."

Caleb Reed came in to close the door for his eighth save of the year. Reed gave up two runs on four hits over the final 3 2/3 innings recording one strikeout and no walks.

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