OMAHA, Neb. | Two days since its last game and two before the next one, Mississippi State was on the practice field at Creighton University this morning. It was a lively session, and a few dozen fans – not all of them MSU fans – showed up to watch it. As you can watch below, Hunter Renfroe gave them a show during batting practice.
With all these days off – MSU plays tonight’s Indiana-Oregon State winner on Friday – the pitching situation is very favorable for coach John Cohen. He can essentially roll over the pitching staff and throw whoever he wants to this weekend.
“I think if you play Oregon State, they’ve already seen Kendall (Graveman), and the more familiarity you have with somebody, it can help that club or it can hurt that club in some respects,” Cohen said. “We’ll wait and see what the result is. We had some bullpens yesterday that were just phenomenal. Some guys really, through their body language and through their work yesterday, said, hey, I really want to pitch, and I’m fresh.”
After putting in work this morning, the Bulldogs have a busy afternoon planned. It includes a trip to the Omaha zoo, which pitcher Ross Mitchell was disappointed to learn does not have his favorite animal – the red panda.
“This city’s just been so gracious and so welcoming, and we’re going to take advantage of that by going out into the city,” Cohen said. “Our kids enjoy the time off, but at the same time they want to play baseball. But that’ll happen soon enough.”
Again, I’ve got video of Renfroe taking BP below, as well as Brett Pirtle.