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#18 Mitch Moreland
Position: 1B/LHP
Bats: L
Throws: L
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 228
Year: Junior
Hometown: Amory, MS
High School: Amory HS
Experience: 2 Letters
CAREER:
True dual-position athlete positioned as a possible replacement for departed first baseman Brad Jones ... Enters the year with a .318 career batting average in 75 games played (51 starts) ... Also primed for pitching duty in short relief or as a closer, sporting a 2-0 record with a 3.46 earned run average in nine career appearances ... Registered 17 strikeouts in 13 career innings pitched ... Played in the 2006 Cape Cod League All-Star Game last summer in Massachusetts and captured the league's home run derby.

 

2006:
Saw playing time in 47 games, drawing 36 starts ... Made 19 starts in right field in place of injured starter Andy Rice ... Also started 17 games as the designated hitter ... Compiled a .319 batting average, fourth-highest on the team, with five home runs and 23 RBI ... Finished the year with a flourish in the NCAA postseason competition, going 7-for-15 (.467) with three doubles and three walks ... Joined teammates Brian LaNinfa, Joseph McCaskill and Justin Pigott on the NCAA Clemson Regional All-Tournament Team ... Tallied 10 multiple-hit games ... Legged out a double and set a career-high for hits in a 3-for-4 showing in State's 5-4 regional tourney win over UNC Asheville (June 3) ... Had six multi-RBI games, including a career-best 5-RBI showing in State's 15-5 Super Bulldog Weekend win over Georgia (Apr. 7) ... Delivered a career-first grand slam to highlight the MSU win ... Also launched roundtrippers in four other games - at UAB (Mar. 14), at LSU (Mar. 26), at South Carolina (Apr. 28) and against Florida ((May 5) ... Credited with four game-winning RBI, including a bases-loaded walk to begin an eight-run, eighth-inning State surge in a 17-10 Saturday win at Auburn (Apr. 15) ... Strung together a pair of career-longest six-game hitting streaks (Mar. 24 to Apr. 2 and Apr. 26 to May 6) ... Warmed up at the plate against SEC foes, hitting .337 with hits in 22 of 25 SEC games played ... Committed just one fielding error in 30 changes (.967) ... Notched a 2-0 record and 3.75 earned run average in eight mound appearances ... Tallied 16 strikeouts in 12 innings and shut out six of the eight teams head faced ... Made his Dudy Noble Field pitching debut with 1-1/3 innings of relief work against Marist College (Feb. 26) ... Recorded three strikeouts in three of his first four games ... Picked up his first career win with 1-1/3 innings of shutout relief at Memphis (Apr. 18) ... Carded his second win and pitched a season-longest three innings against Mississippi Valley State (May 2) ... Made a pair of one-inning relief appearances against SEC foes Arkansas (Apr. 23) and Mississippi (May 20) ... Among 21 Bulldogs named to the 2006 SEC Baseball Academic Honor Roll.

 

2005:
True freshman with who logged playing time in 22 games, drawing 15 starts (four in left field and 11 as the designated hitter) ... Compiled a .316 batting average with a .474 slugging percentage, second-best on the team ... Shed his redshirt status and made his MSU debut as the starting left fielder against South Alabama (Apr. 19-20) ... Delivered hits in six of his first seven games ... Laced a double in his first collegiate at-bat, scored a run, stole a base and walked twice against the Jaguars in Mobile ... Went 4-for-9 in the Kentucky series (Apr. 22-24), notching the first of four multi-hit games with a 2-for-3 effort in the series finale against UK ... Laced a game-tying single and later singled in the winning run in MSU's 5-4 win over Southern Miss (Apr. 26) ... Launched his first career home run with a pinch-hit blast at Florida (May 14) ... Matched his season-high with a 2-RBI plate performance against Florida Atlantic (June 3) in the NCAA Coral Gables Regional ... Went 2-for-2 with a home run, a triple and two runs scored against the Owls ... Drew starts in eight of his 12 SEC games, hitting .296 vs. league pitching ... Made his pitching debut with an inning of scoreless relief in MSU's season-finale at Miami (June 5).

 

HIGH SCHOOL:
2004 Louisville Slugger High School All-American and multi-position all-state standout at Amory High School ... Three-year starter for coach Chad Williams ... Left-handed pitcher who compiled a remarkable 25-2 career record ... Posted a 7-1 record with an 0.53 earned run average as a senior ... Struck out 112 and walked just 19 in 55 innings ... Named to the 2004 Jackson Clarion-Ledger All-State Team ... Also hit .456 with 15 extra-base hits and 23 RBI, striking out just three times as a senior ... Named to the Clarion Ledger's "Dandy Dozen" unit and honored as the player of the year by the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and the NEMCABB ... Earned team and county MVP honors ... Competed in the Crossroad's 4-5A All-Star Game, winning MVP honors on defense and the Mark Vinson Award ... Helped guide AHS to the 2003 Class 3A state championship series, posting a 13-1 pitching mark with a 1.60 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 73 innings ... Also hit .425 with 22 extra-base hits and seven home runs en route to all-area, all-district and team MVP honors as a junior ... Received his team's most valuable pitcher award as a sophomore after compiling a 5-0 record with a 2.43 ERA and 75 strikeouts ... Also lettered four years and served as team captain at AHS in soccer and was a two-year letter-winner in football ... Enjoyed a productive seasons of summer and fall baseball in 2003 ... Posted a 10-1 record with a 2.13 ERA and 81 strikeouts in leading the Tupelo 49ers Senior American Legion club, coached by former MSU signee Kirk Presley, to the state title ... Later Posted a 6-0 record and 0.22 ERA with 40 strikeouts for the traveling Mississippi Stars fall team coached by Harry Porter ... Recipient of the Golden Panther Award and voted Mr. Amory High School ... Member of the National Honor Society.

 

PERSONAL:
Born Mitchell Austin Moreland on September 6, 1985 in Amory, Miss. ... Son of Charles and Angie Moreland of Amory, Miss. ... Majoring in general business administration.
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