Wednesday’s first-round SEC Tournament matchup between Mississippi State and Florida will feature a pair of pitchers who haven’t been starting stalwarts this season.
We already knew that freshman Evan Mitchell (5-1, 3.48 ERA) was getting the nod for MSU. It will be his 13th appearance of the season and fifth start.
We now know who Florida will send to the hill. It was reported earlier this evening that junior right-hander Tommy Toledo (3-3, 3.10) gets the honor. This will be just the third start of the season for Toledo, who’s made 22 appearances in all and is credited with one save. In 29 innings, he’s allowed 29 hits, struck out 22 and walked six.
MSU got a brief look at him on April 10 in Game 3 of the teams’ series in Starkville, a 3-1 Florida win. Toledo worked two-thirds of an inning of middle relief, giving up a hit and walking one of the four batters he faced.
Interesting thing about Toledo: He was a part-time weekend starter way back in 2008, his freshman year. Seven of his 11 starts were in league play, and he went 4-4 with a 4.40 ERA in 15 appearances.
Shoulder surgery kept Toledo out in 2009, and by the time he returned last season, well, guys like Brian Johnson and Hudson Randall had come along. In 2010, Toledo was 3-2 with a 4.39 ERA in 11 appearances, including six starts (one in SEC play).