July 13, 2013

Gentry shines in long relief role

Coming into the season, Mississippi State was in need of a right-handed long relief pitcher.

Ross Mitchell and Chad Girodo had established themselves as long relievers from the left side but the Bulldogs would have to develop a righty in that role.

After the first month of the season MSU had four their guy in freshman Myles Gentry.

Gentry lasted less than two innings during his first eight appearances but on March 8 he was stretched out to 4 1/3 shutout innings against Central Arkansas and did not even allow a hit. He also threw four shutout innings against Alcorn State and had an eight strikeout performance in 5 2/3 shutout frames against South Carolina in the SEC Tournament.

The 5-foot-11, 182-pounder finished the year with 23 appearances and had a 4-1 record. In 31.2 innings, Gentry had a 3.69 ERA with 30 strikeouts and 11 walks.

"It was a great year," Gentry said. "I got in a good many games. My job is to go in there and throw strikes and make the defense work."

Gentry recorded many of his outs using just his fastball and slider with a sidearm delivery. However, the arm slot was something new that the Gulfport, Miss., native added after arriving in Starkville and working with pitching coach Butch Thompson.

"I started that when I got here," Gentry said. "I was over the top when I got here and Coach Thompson wanted to see what it looked like. I just ran with it from there. I like it. It's been a positive that's for sure."

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