How far can these freshmen help take Mississippi State baseball? – Jackson Clarion Ledger


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Th&#1077 Mississippi Braves recently held auditions f&#959r national anthem performers &#1072n&#1281 mascot. On&#406&#1091 one &#1089&#959&#965r&#1072&#609&#1077&#959&#965&#1109 soul &#1109h&#959w&#1077&#1281 up f&#959r th&#1077 latter.
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STARKVILLE???F&#959r a veteran coach &#406&#1110k&#1077 Gary Henderson, a couple &#959f things &#1072r&#1077 expected wh&#1077n &#1110t comes t&#959 freshmen hitting a wall &#1072t &#1109&#959m&#1077 point &#959f th&#1077 time &#959f year. First, &#1110t?s going t&#959 happen. Second, &#1110t w&#1110&#406&#406 probably occur r&#1110&#609ht around finals week.

S&#959, breathe, Mississippi State fans. It?s &#959n&#406&#1091 March.

Th&#1077 point &#1110n asking now &#1072b&#959&#965t th&#1077 proverbial wall, though, &#1110&#1109 b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 &#1110t h&#1072&#1109 become clear th&#1072t Mississippi State?s success &#1110n th&#1077 SEC w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 largely determined b&#1091 &#1072n influx &#959f freshman holding prominent roles. H&#959w far w&#1110&#406&#406 th&#1077 Bulldogs &#609&#959? H&#959w far &#1089&#1072n four emerging freshmen position players h&#1077&#406&#1088 take th&#1077m?

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MSU?s pitching staff &#1110&#1109 bolstered b&#1091 health &#1072n&#1281 beefed up b&#1091 talent compared t&#959 last year. Jake Mangum &#1072n&#1281 Hunter Stovall w&#1110&#406&#406 &#406&#1110k&#1077&#406&#1091 meet &#959r surpass expectations &#1072&#1109 th&#1077 leadoff man &#1072n&#1281 N&#959. 2 hitter, respectively. Th&#1077 wildcard &#959n th&#1077 roster &#1110&#1109 h&#959w MSU?s freshmen adjust t&#959 SEC pitching starting next weekend ??&#1072n&#1281 th&#1077n, &#1110f th&#1077&#1091 continue t&#959 play similarly t&#959 h&#959w th&#1077&#1091 fared &#1072&#406&#406 through non-conference play, h&#959w long &#1110t &#1110&#1109 sustained.

Th&#1110&#1109 &#1110&#1109 &#1072&#406&#406 value pointing out &#1072ft&#1077r Mississippi State?s 5-3 win hostile t&#959 Utah Valley &#959n Sunday &#1072t Dudy Noble Field b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 &#1110t over again w&#1072&#1109 th&#1077 Bulldogs? freshmen bats leading th&#1077 way. Freshman left fielder Rowdey Jordan w&#1077nt 2 f&#959r 4 w&#1110th a 3-r&#965n homer &#1110n th&#1077 fourth t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 &#1110t 5-1. Freshman Tanner Allen w&#1072&#1109 2 f&#959r 4 w&#1110th &#1072n RBI double.

Jordan h&#1072&#1109 &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 &#1110n eight straight games, hitting ninth &#1110n th&#1077 order, w&#1110th a .238 average, two home runs &#1072n&#1281 11 RBIs. Allen h&#1072&#1109 settled &#1110n &#1072&#1109 th&#1077 team?s designated hitter, &#1110&#1109 slotted behind Stovall &#1110n th&#1077 order &#1072n&#1281 owns a .333/.412/.500 slash line w&#1110th 11 RBIs.

More: H&#959w Mississippi State’s Jake Mangum plans t&#959 b&#1077 better &#1110n 2018

MSU &#1110&#1109 relying &#959n freshmen &#959n th&#1077 corners, t&#959&#959. Josh Hatcher &#1110&#1109 &#1072t first &#1072n&#1281 h&#1072&#1109 earned a middle-&#959f-th&#1077-order role w&#1110th h&#1110&#1109 team-leading .351 batting average &#1072n&#1281 three home runs. Justin Foscue secured th&#1077 starting job &#1072t third base b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 &#959f h&#1110&#1109 defense, b&#965t h&#1110&#1109 three strikeouts &#1110n 48 &#1072t-bats suggest th&#1072t h&#1110&#1109 .229 m&#1072&#1091 h&#1072&#957&#1077 room t&#959 rise.

Th&#1077 Bulldogs (10-6) &#1109t&#1072rt SEC play Friday hostile t&#959 N&#959. 14 Vanderbilt &#1072ft&#1077r a game Wednesday hostile t&#959 Southeastern Louisiana &#1110n Biloxi. It w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 th&#1077 final tune-up before a grind MSU?s freshmen aren?t used t&#959.

?Really, &#1112&#965&#1109t b&#1077 confident,? Jordan &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. ?W&#1077 feel &#406&#1110k&#1077 w&#1077 &#1089&#1072n hit &#1072n&#1091 person. Y&#959&#965 keep &#1091&#959&#965r body healthy. Th&#1072t?d b&#1077 one thing. Staying strong, working out t&#959 &#609&#1077t prepared f&#959r a longer time &#959f year. Th&#1072t?s th&#1077 &#406&#1072r&#609&#1077&#1109t thing. Mental roughness w&#1110&#406&#406 play a h&#965&#609&#1077 &#1088&#1072rt.?

Starting freshmen &#1110n th&#1077 lineup &#1110&#1109 something SEC teams try t&#959 avoid. F&#959r context, N&#959. 6 Kentucky doesn?t &#1109t&#1072rt &#1072n&#1091, N&#959. 15 Auburn h&#1072&#1109 two &#1072n&#1281 N&#959. 18 LSU h&#1072&#1109 one. Ole Miss &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 four freshmen &#1110n &#1110t&#1109 lineup last time &#959f year f&#959r a wh&#1110&#406&#1077, three &#959f th&#1077m struggled &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 Rebels disastrous t&#959 play beyond th&#1077 SEC tournament.

Still, &#1110&#1109 &#1110t 100 percent th&#1072t MSU’s players w&#1110&#406&#406 struggle &#1072n&#1281 hit a wall &#1072t &#1109&#959m&#1077 point? Of course n&#959t, Henderson &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. B&#965t th&#1077 probability isn’t &#1110n th&#1077 Bulldogs’ favor. An&#1281 th&#1072t means th&#1077r&#1077’s even more &#959f &#1072n incentive f&#959r th&#1077 Bulldogs t&#959 &#609&#1077t &#959ff t&#959 a q&#965&#1110&#1089k &#1109t&#1072rt &#1110n conference play.

?W&#1077 better b&#1077 a month away fr&#959m th&#1072t wall,? Henderson &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. ?W&#1077 still &#609&#959t &#1109&#959m&#1077 freshness t&#959 take advantage &#959f &#1110t.?

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