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This Week in MSU Baseball: April 22, 2014

There couldn't be a more perfect time for #20 Mississippi State (26-15, 10-8) to play a couple of weaker opponents to get things back on track on the mound, at the plate and in the win column as they did just that with a perfect 4-0 week to stay in the hunt in the SEC now tied for third and just two games back from the lead.
State was coming off of back-to-back series losses to LSU and Ole Miss as they dropped five out of six. The bats woke up this week with lineups shuffled and the pitching staff was mostly on point with the exception of a rough fifth inning on Sunday that seemed to have been the blow that would keep MSU from the sweep. Instead, the Bulldogs looked more like last year's squad with two runs in the ninth to tie and two more in the 11th to win and sweep Missouri.
MSU now looks to keep their momentum going with a big matchup later tonight against #11 Ole Miss, the team that beat MSU by a combined 15 runs in two wins last weekend. The Rebels are coming off of a series loss against LSU and are looking for momentum building for postseason. The game is set for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch at Trustmark Park.
State will conclude their week with a three-game series against Texas A&M starting Thursday night on ESPNU.
As we have in all of the big three sports this season, we're bringing a statistical look at where Mississippi State is in baseball this season. This post will go up weekly at Bulldog Blitz and gives a full breakdown of individual and team rankings as the Bulldogs compare to the rest of the SEC and, in some cases, the rest of the country.
Bulldogs in the Rankings:
Perfect Game- #20(Last Week: 22nd)
Collegiate Baseball- #20 (Last Week: 22nd)
Baseball America- #20 (Last Week: 24th)
USA Today- #22 (Last Week: NR)
NCBWA- #21 (Last Week: 22nd)
Team Rankings:
Offensive Stats:
Batting Average: 10th- .270
On Base %: 2nd- .372
Runs Scored: 9th- 211
Hits: 9th- 361
RBI: 9th- 190
Triples: T-6th-7
Total Plate Appearances: 4th-1,631
At bats: T-8th- 1,336
Walks: 1st (12th in the NCAA)-190
Hit By Pitch: 7th-41
Strikeouts: T-6th-244
Sac Bunts: 6th - 35
Sac Flies: T-1st (9th in the NCAA)-26
Stolen Bases: 5th (34th in the NCAA)-58
Caught Stealing: T-6th-17
Steal Attmepts: 5th-75
Grounded into Double Play: T-7th-26
Defensive/Pitching Stats
Earned Run Average: 10th- 3.36
Opposing Batting Average: 9th- .256
Innings Pitched: 2nd-370.0
Batters Struck Out: 2nd (13th in NCAA)-340
Strikeouts Looking: 5th-97
Wins: T-7th-26
Losses: 6th-15
Saves: T-4th-11
Sac Bunts Allowed: T-9th-26
Sac Flies Allowed: T-7th- 12
Hits Allowed: T-4th- 361
Walks Allowed: 3rd- 135
(Least Amount) Doubles Allowed: T-8th-54
(Least Amount) Triples Allowed: T-9th- 6
(Least Amount) Home Runs Allowed: T-1st-7
Wild Pitches: 2nd-40
Hit Batters: 2nd- 37
Fielding %: 1st (5th in the NCAA)-.982
Chances: 1st-1,626
Putouts: 2nd-1,110
Assists: 1st- 486
(Least Amount) Errors: 1st-30
Double Plays: 9th-32
Stolen Bases Against: 2nd-39
Steal Attempts Against: 4th-51
Caught Stealing By: T-8th-12
Passed Balls: T-5th-8
Individual Rankings
Offensive Stats
Hits: Brett Pirtle-T-11th (52)
RBI: Rea-T-12th (28)
Triples: C.T. Bradford-T-2nd (28th in NCAA) (4)
Walks: Alex Detz- T-2nd (27)
Rea-7th (24)
Hit By Pitch: Seth Heck- T-6th (10)
Pirtle- T-12th (9)
Sac Bunts: Demarcus Henderson- T-14th (5)
At Bats: Pirtle- 14th (157)
Stolen Bases: Derrick Armstrong -T-5th (13)
Henderson- T-13th (10)
Steal Attempts: Armstrong- T-5th (15)
Strikeouts: Rea-2nd (39)
Grounded into DP: Rea- T-6th (5)
Individual Defensive/Pitching Stats:
Earned Run Average: Ross Mitchell- 11th (2.13)
Opposing batting average: Mitchell- 12th (.219)
Innings Pitched: Ross Mitchell-1st (76.0)
Batters Struck Out: Jacob Lindgren- 6th (57)
Wins: Mitchell- T-5th (50th in the NCAA) (6)
Saves: Jonathan Holder- T-8th (4)
Games Started: Fitts- T-1st (20th in the NCAA) (10)
Games Finished: Holder-T-11th (10)
Complete Games: Mitchell- 1st (18th in the NCAA) (3)
Sac Bunts Allowed: Mitchell-T-5th (6)
Sac Flies Allowed: Ben Bracewell- T-9th (3)
Wild Pitches: Fitts-1st (9)
Lindgren- T-4th (6)
Balks: Mitchell-T-3rd (2)
Hit Batters: Mitchell- T-5th (7)
(Least Amount) Walks Allowed: Fitts- T-1st (7)
Bracewell- T-11th (12)
(Least Amount) Earned Runs Allowed: Bracewell- T-5th (12)
(Least Amount) Triples Allowed: Mitchell and Bracewell-T-1st (0)
(Least Amount) Home Runs Allowed: Mitchell, Bracewell and Preston Brown-T-1st (0)
Fitts- T-10th (1)
Fielding %: Jake Vickerson and Derrick Armstrong- T-1st (1.000)
Fielding Chances: Rea-1st (410)
Putouts: Rea- 1st (392)
Assists: Pirtle-T-1st (136)
Seth Heck- T-13th (106)
Double Plays: Rea-T-7th (27)
Passed Balls: Gavin Collins- T-8th (4)
Zack Randolph-T-14th (3)
Steal Attempts Against: Collins-T-9th (24)
Randolph- T-15th (19)
Stolen Bases Against: Randolph- T-9th (17)
Collins- T-13th (16)
Caught Stealing By: Collins-T-5th (8)
Team Game Highs for SEC:
Sac Flies: 4 vs. Alcorn State (April 15)
Stolen Bases: 8 vs. Holy Cross (February 21)
Hit into Double Play: 4 vs. Michigan State (March 1)
Assists: 22 vs. Georgia (March 15)
Individual Game Highs for SEC
Triples: 2 by C.T. Bradford vs. Arizona (March 9)
Stolen Bases: 4 by Armstrong vs. Michigan State (March 1)
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