If you missed Mississippi State’s 7-6 win over Ole Miss last night, we’ve got full coverage for you. Heck, even if you saw it, you’ll still wanna check it out. I’ve got some video, but let’s first hit the links.
• The game story from Parrish Alford, and his lede sums it up: “In the end, small ball was bigger than big ball.”
• I wrote a notebook covering closer Caleb Reed, the Ole Miss errors, and Jarrod Parks‘ hit streak coming to an end.
• On his blog this morning, Parrish takes another look back at the game.
As promised, I have some postgame video of MSU coach John Cohen. Click here to watch it. He was a little fired up about Parks’ hit streak, because the official scorer made a questionable ruling when Parks scorched a grounder past Ole Miss shortstop Blake Newalu in the third inning. It was a one-hopper, and all Newalu could try to do was backhand it; looked to me like he didn’t touch it.
“I know it’s tough to score games, and I’m just going to go on the record: The ball that was hit in the six-hole was smoked. If that happens in the big leagues, that’s a hit,” Cohen said.
You can hear his entire response on the video.
I’ve also got some quotes from MSU players that are worth your time. The first one is the best one.
• Starting pitcher Luis Pollorena, who got a no-decision despite 6 2/3 strong innings: “I knew I was going to start struggling a little bit with command, but I just battled, re-shifted my heart and said, bring out the warrior in you, and just kept competing all night.”
• Closer Caleb Reed, on the big double-play ball he induced in the ninth: “We just had to make sure they didn’t get a base hit to the outfield, because they do that and the tying run scores, and we knew we couldn’t do that. Our pitch selection, our pitch calling was based on trying to get the double-play ball. I threw a good slider in there, and the defense made a great play behind me to turn the double play.”
• Outfielder Jaron Shepherd, who scored the go-ahead run in the eighth when he broke for third and the catcher’s throw sailed into the outfield: “We had a run-and-hit on that last play, and even though (Adam) Frazier K’d up, it allowed me to get to third base, and we just happened to get the (bad throw).”