State's Jacob Lindgren Tabbed SEC Freshman Of The Week
This rookie lefty from Bay St. Louis, Miss., was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week Sunday after turning in a career-best pitching performance and earning his initial SEC win in Saturday's series sweep-clinching win over the No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats.
The former St. Stanislaus High School standout struck out a season-high seven, allowed one run and scattered three singles over 5-1/3 innings of pitching. The win was the 16th in league play this season for Mississippi State, their most SEC victories since 2001, and the 34th win overall, matching last year's final regular-season record (34-21).
A pair of UK runs had scored when Lindgren entered the game. He quickly registered the final out of the frame to end the Kentucky rally and then held the Wildcats scoreless over the next five frames. Lindgren ended his day's pitching after giving up a single to open the ninth. Senior Caleb Reed then came on to close out the game.
Outfielder Demarcus Henderson of Waynesboro, Miss., who drove in a career-high three runs in Saturday's 11-3 win over Kentucky, was named SEC Freshman of the Week earlier this season while junior right-handers Chris Stratton (10-1, 2.2.16) and Kendall Graveman (4-3, 2.79) were recipients of previous SEC Pitcher of the Week accolades.
Mississippi State opens its 26th advancement to SEC postseason play as the tournament's No. 7 seed Tuesday afternoon (first pitch TBA) when the Bulldogs (34-21, 16-14 SEC) take on the Arkansas Razorbacks (37-17/16-14) in the second game of the tournament. MSU and defending SEC West champion Arkansas finished the regular season tied for second place in the SEC West, with the Razorbacks claiming the No. 6 seed in a tiebreaker.