Mississippi State pitcher Jacob Lindgren was named the SEC freshman of the week, the league office announced today.
The left-hander from Bay St. Louis tossed 5 1/3 innings of relief Saturday to earn the victory in MSU's 11-3 thumping of No. 4 Kentucky. That completed a series sweep of the Wildcats. Lindgren (2-2) gave up one run on three hits, striking out seven and walking none.
It was the longest outing of his brief career, besting a previous high of 2 2/3 innings pitched. It was Lindgren's 12th appearance of the season and sixth in SEC play. In 19 2/3 innings pitched, he has a 2.75 ERA.
"Butch (Thompson, pitching coach) has just done a great job forming and shaping his pitches, and he's a young man who just doesn't get rattled," MSU coach John Cohen said after Saturday's game. "He's kind of a loose kid. He can slow the game down, and when you have a guy like Mitch (Slauter, catcher) behind there helping him out, it's just really good. He's going to keep getting better."