After MSU got some work in this morning, we caught up with several players and head coach John Cohen. Cohen said right-hander Kendall Graveman (5-5, 3.04 ERA) will start on the mound in MSU’s NCAA regional opener on Friday against Central Arkansas (7 p.m., ESPN3). Graveman, a senior, has been the Game 2 starter on SEC weekends, but he’s been the most consistent starter this season.
“They’re a really right-handed club, but we really wanted to see what matched up well against them, and we feel Kendall’s our best matchup,” Cohen said.
When he pitched against UCA on March 10 in Starkville, Graveman gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits with seven strikeouts and a walk in 5 2/3 innings. State lost, 7-3, and it was Graveman’s first loss of the season.
‘They run, and he’s a great defender on the mound,” Cohen said. “He does a great job with the running game and with the bunt game.”
You can hear more from Cohen in the video above. And you can hear from center fielder C.T. Bradford and catcher Mitch Slauter below. Bradford, who’s been nursing a mild muscle strain, said he could play today if necessary after missing the last three games. Slauter continues to get stronger from his fractured hand, so expect to see him in action this weekend, too.