Cohen Speaks: On USM Win, Pollorena, and Florida

We had our weekly teleconference with coach John Cohen this morning, and he touched on several topics, including Mississippi State’s 5-4 win over No. 18 Southern Miss on Tuesday night. So we’ll hit the highlights, and I’ll have more from him over the next couple of days.

• On the USM win: “Our first two guys didn’t throw it in the strike zone as much as we wanted them to or they wanted to. But you just can’t say enough about what (Luis) Pollorena and Caleb Reed did. Extremely not thrilled about the way we have swung the bats with runners in scoring position, although you have to give some credit to Boomer Scarborough, their starting pitcher.”

• On Pollorena, who tossed 5.2 innings last night: “The minute he stepped into our program, he’s a leader, he wanted to win. He wanted to be a part of something special, and that’s what drew us to him.”

• On this weekend’s opponent, No. 4 Florida: “They just don’t give you anything, they don’t make mistakes defensively, they don’t walk people. Their hitting is timely, plus they can score a bunch of runs also. They’re a very complete club. They’re a club that can contend for a national championship right now.”

• On what it will take to beat Florida: “We’re going to have to manufacture like we did last night a little bit, and we’re going to have to execute a little bit better than we have in our last four or five ballgames.”