Mississippi State will be without senior catcher Josh Lovelady for the remainder of the season.
John Cohen confirmed Tuesday night that an MRI revealed that Lovelady had torn ligaments in his knee backing up first base on the first pitch of the game this past Friday night against UMass Lowell.
“It’s just a real shame,” Cohen said. “That kid has worked so hard. He was starting on Friday nights for us because he deserved to and just a freak thing happened. We think he will have a redshirt available so hopefully we’ll have him back for next year.”
Lovelady had appeared in four games for the Bulldogs including two starts behind the plate. He was 1-for-2 at the plate with an RBI, a walk and a run scored.
In 24 games, The 5-foot-11, 200-pound native of Prattville, Alabama batted .222 last season with a double and 11 runs batted in, including 20 starts behind the plate after transferring in from Shelton State (Ala.) Community College.
The loss of Lovelady leaves junior Gavin Collins and freshmen Elih Marrero and Hunter Stovall to serve as the Bulldogs’ backstops.