By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
OMAHA, Neb. – Chad Girodo keeps mowing them down.
The senior left-hander recorded 10 strikeouts Monday night in Mississippi State’s 5-4 win over Indiana in the College World Series.
It was his third consecutive strong outing in NCAA postseason play.
Over those three appearances, Girodo (9-1) has struck out 32 batters in 172⁄3 innings. He worked 52⁄3 innings against Indiana to pick up his third win in NCAA play this year.
On the season, Girodo has 73 strikeouts in 52 innings.
MSU starting pitcher Trevor Fitts drew his third start of the NCAA tournament, and it was a short one again. But his coaches don’t expect him to go deep into games.
Fitts went 21⁄3 innings, giving him a total of 71⁄3 innings of work over his last three starts. He gave up two runs on two hits, walked one and tied a career high with four strikeouts.
State looked to have a rally going in the fifth with two men on and one out, but Alex Detz hit a line drive that was snagged by Coursen-Carr, who fired to first for the double play.
New K mark
MSU pitchers posted 14 strikeouts, a team record for a CWS game. In 1990, the Bulldogs had 11 strikeouts versus Georgia Southern, and it had 11 against UCLA in 1997.