April 30, 2012

Britton settling in at second

Matthew Britton wasn't sure what his role would be during his first season at Mississippi State.

The true freshman did not know if he would be asked to step on the field and contribute right away or if he would be redshirted. As it turns out, Britton has been one of the Bulldogs primary starters all season long.

"I didn't really expect to walk in and start," Britton said. "I don't think any freshman is going to come in here expecting to start. I've been fortunate enough to play a lot and it's been fun."

Britton has appeared in 33 games as a rookie and has drawn 27 starting calls. In fact, Britton was MSU's opening day starter at shortstop in a 6-2 win over Washington State where he went 1-for-3 with a single and an RBI.

"I was pretty nervous," Britton said. "In that first inning I actually got a ground ball hit to me. I felt a lot more comfortable after I made that play."

Early on in the year, Britton struggled with seven errors in seven starts at shortstop. He has since shifted to second base where he has been much for efficient defensively committing just two errors in 20 starts.

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