MSU-USM Pregame: Pollorena in Pearl Means Trouble for Golden Eagles

Previewing tonight’s game between No. 13 MSU and Southern Miss.


• First pitch: 6:30 p.m.

• Records: MSU 17-2, USM 7-8.

• Pitching matchup: MSU LHP Luis Pollorena (3-0, 1.88 ERA) vs. USM LHP Mason Robbins (1-1, 3.08)

MSU lineup: SS Adam Frazier, LF Demarcus Henderson, 1B Alex Detz, RF Hunter Renfroe, DH Mitch Slauter, 3B Daryl Norris, CF C.T. Bradford, 2B Kyle Hann, C Nick Ammirati

USM lineup: CF Dillon Day, C Chase Fowler, 2B Isaac Rodriquez, 1B Tim Lynch, LF Blake Brown, P Mason Robbins, 3B Bradley Roney, RF Breck Kline, SS Michael Sterling

What to watch for: Pollorena, a senior, has had nothing but success in Pearl and nothing but success against Southern Miss. In two appearances at Trustmark Park (vs. USM and Ole Miss), he’s allowed just one run on four hits in 11 innings with 11 strikeouts and zero walks. In two outings against USM – including a winning start during the 2011 Atlanta Regional – Pollorena has thrown 11 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing six hits with nine strikeouts and three walks. Tonight’s start will the his second of the season.

• Pregame playlist: A few songs from my iPod to set the tone…

–”Jackson,” Johnny Cash & June Carter

–”Red House,” Jimi Hendrix

–”Dead Man’s Shoes,” The Virginmarys

–”Hurry, Hurry,” The Black Rabbits

–”Keep the Car Running,” The Arcade Fire

I am the online content coordinator for I also co-host The Memo and Prep Rally podcasts and host the Newsbreak program. Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04).

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