Baseball Notes and Numbers: Close Losses; Graveman in a Groove

I know there was a game last night, but today is the official Opening Day of baseball season, which makes me very happy. And speaking of baseball, let’s get y’all caught up on what’s happening with Mississippi State.

The Bulldogs (23-8, 3-6 SEC) are coming off another series loss, dropping two of three at Arkansas. MSU fell behind early Sunday en route to a 3-1 loss, as starter Ben Bracewell failed to escape the first inning – didn’t even record an out. State’s six SEC losses have come by a total of 11 runs, with three one-run losses and two two-run losses. Up next in league play is a home series with Florida, which just took two of three from Ole Miss in Gainesville.

Hunter Renfroe had a good weekend, going 6 of 12 but with no RBIs. He saw his 15-game winning streak snapped on Sunday.

Senior pitcher Kendall Graveman had the Bulldogs’ best pitching performance of the year on Saturday, tossing a complete-game five-hitter in a 4-1 win. Graveman is now 3-2 with a 2.43 ERA. Right now, he’s the ace of the rotation: In his three SEC starts, Graveman has a 2.25 ERA, allowing five earned runs on 19 hits with 15 strikeouts and four walks in 20 innings.

Let’s check out some stats and see where MSU and some of its players rank in the SEC.

• The Bulldogs are second in hitting at .301 after batting .218 at Arkansas.

• MSU is third in both slugging (.416) and on-base percentage (.400).

• It’s first in runs scored (206) and hits (310), and tied for fourth in home runs (16).

• MSU is second in walks (140), tied for third in hit-by-pitch (40) and tied for first first in strikeouts (204). Kinda odd.

• State is fifth in ERA (2.60) and recorded a 3.24 at Arkansas.

• MSU leads in batters struck out (270) but is 13th in walks allowed (118).

• The Bulldogs are tied for second in fielding percentage (.977) and first in double plays (41).

• Renfroe is second in batting (.436), second in slugging (.851), tied with teammate Alex Detz for second in on-base percentage (.500), second in RBIs (36), and tied for second in home runs (nine).

• Shortstop Adam Frazier is ninth in batting (.363), tied for first in runs (33), third in hits (45), and first in triples (four).

• Detz leads the league in walks (27).

I am the online content coordinator for DJournal.com. 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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