Baseball Notes and Numbers: Hitting Down, but Renfroe Rolling

After two weekends of SEC play, Mississippi State finds itself in sixth place in the Western Division at 2-4 (21-6 overall). The Bulldogs are coming off a 2-1 series loss at Kentucky and are back on the road this weekend at Arkansas.

Just some notes and numbers for you on this Monday.

• MSU is tied with LSU for the SEC lead in batting average, at .308, which is 14 points lower than it was entering the weekend. In six SEC games, the Bulldogs are hitting .256. On the season, State leads the league in several other offensive categories: on-base percentage (.407), runs scored (184), hits (277), triples (nine, tied with three teams), total bases (383) and strikeouts (174).

• State’s team ERA of 2.44 ranks third in the league, and in SEC games that number is 4.22. The main problem has been starting pitching: Those guys have a combined ERA of 5.61. Junior Evan Mitchell (0-1, 4.12) has been especially ineffective, failing to even record an out Saturday against Kentucky before being pulled. He was charged with three runs, all earned, allowing no hits but walking three and hitting a batter. Mitchell has a 15.75 ERA in two SEC starts.

• On the positive side, junior outfielder Hunter Renfroe continues to tear it up. He hit a home run in each game at UK, giving him nine on the season. That ranks second in the SEC to LSU’s Mason Katz. Renfroe is also second in the league in RBIs (35), third in batting average (.425), first in total bases (72) and first in slugging percentage (.900, which is a pretty insane number). Against Kentucky, Renfroe was 5 of 9 with the aforementioned three homers, five RBIs and three runs scored.

• Junior shortstop Adam Frazier is batting .402, which ranks fifth, and he has a league-best 43 hits. He also leads in runs scored (31) and triples (four).

• Junior infielder Alex Detz is tied for the league lead with 23 walks, which is partly why he’s tops in on-base percentage (.515). He’s batting .365, which ranks 11th.

• Sophomore reliever Ross Mitchell continues to do strong work. He picked up the win Friday, and for the year he’s 5-0 with a 1.05 ERA in 10 appearances (25 2/3 innings).

• MSU keeps turning double plays at a high rate, with a league-leading 37, nine more than second-place Alabama.

I am the online content coordinator for Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04). I'm working on a recipe for bacon-flavored coffee, which would solve all the world's problems.

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