Mississippi State had a big weekend in the Lone Star State, earning a sweep of Texas A&M, capped by Sunday’s 15-4 romp. It was the second consecutive series win for MSU (30-9, 8-7 SEC), which has won seven of its last eight games. Halfway through the SEC schedule, the Bulldogs are now tied for third in the Western Division standings with Alabama, which was swept by Ole Miss.
There were plenty of outstanding performances from MSU players over the weekend. Let’s recap some of them.
• Outfielder Hunter Renfroe continues to tear it up. The junior was 8 of 14 with three home runs (one in each game), two doubles, four RBIs and seven runs scored. On the season, Renfroe is batting .429 with 13 homers and 42 RBIs. He’s now tied for the league lead in home runs with LSU’s Mason Katz, is first in slugging percentage (.865), second in batting average, third in RBIs, and tied for second in doubles (12).
• MSU batted .348 as a team with six home runs. One of those homers was a grand slam by catcher Nick Ammirati on Sunday, as part of an eight-run fourth inning. He had entered the game just the inning before and finished with five RBIs.
• The starting pitching was superb. Luis Pollorena, Kendall Graveman and Jacob Lindgren allowed a combined five earned runs in 21 2/3 innings pitched, for an ERA of 2.08. Graveman (5-2, 2.15) threw his third consecutive complete game on Saturday. Over his last three starts, Graveman has a 1.33 ERA with 13 strikeouts and two walks in 27 innings.
• Jonathan Holder, the closer, has been getting called out of the bullpen earlier than normal the last coupe of weeks. He tossed 2 2/3 innings Friday and then three full innings Sunday, allowing no runs on three hits and earning a pair of saves. Holder now has 11 saves this season, which ties him for the SEC lead with South Carolina’s Tyler Webb.
• As for where MSU ranks league-wise in certain categories: Third in hitting (.298), third in runs scored (256), second in hits (387), third in home runs (23), second in ERA (2.45), first in batters struck out (321).