Baseball: Routt Weekend Material

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Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen learned at least one big thing from the Bulldogs’ opening weekend: True freshman Nick Routt looks like a weekend starter.

Routt, a 6-foot-3 lefty from Silver Spring, Md., hurled eight strong innings Saturday in a 7-1 win over North Florida. He yielded one run on seven hits, striking out four and walking one. He easily had the longest outing of any of the four starters on the weekend.

“It might be too soon to say, but I think Nick Routt’s a guy that deserves serious consideration on the weekends,” Cohen said Monday.

As for the other pitchers, it was a mixed bag. Twelve guys took the hill over the four games, and the other three besides Routt who started – Ricky Bowen, Devin Jones and Tyler Whitney – allowed a combined eight runs (two earned) to go with nine walks and 16 strikeouts. Cohen’s thoughts on each:

• Bowen: “We need him to get back to where he was in the fall. He was dominant this fall.”

• Jones: “He really lost his delivery later on in the course of that game.”

• Whitney: “I think Tyler Whitney went out there and did exactly what we wanted him to, he gave us four or five (4 2/3) really strong innings.”

As for relievers, Cohen was especially pleased with Justin Bussey, Chad Crosswhite and Forrest Moore.

After we talked pitching, Cohen broke out some game video and put it on the big flat-screen TV that hangs in the corner of his office. He walked me through two at-bats that stood out to him, both from the Sunday North Florida game. The first was a single by right-handed slugger Connor Powers, who went after a breaking down and out of the strike zone and jerked it into left-center field. The other hit was Jet Butler‘s walk-off three-run homer. As he clicked through each one frame by frame, Cohen noted the head position of each hitter.

“One of our things is about head position at the point of contact, and how close you can get your head to the barrel,” Cohen said.

Maybe such technical minutiae interest me because I’m such a baseball geek, but there you have it. For the weekend, MSU hit .287. Butler led the way with a .556 average (5-for-9), and Russ Sneed batted .538 (7-for-13). They had six RBIs apiece.

The Bulldogs return to action at 4 p.m. today against South Alabama (2-2). Moore will start.

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7 Responses to “Baseball: Routt Weekend Material”

  1. imabulldog Says:

    Gotta beat ASU, can’t have OMiss calling us equals. Keep winning Dawgs, keep losin Rebs

  2. imabulldog Says:

    And Brad, I love some baseball too man. Love my Dawgs and my Cubs!

  3. Brad Locke Says:

    Despite your loyalty to the Cubbies, I will still allow you to post here. I’m gracious like that. Go Cards.

  4. msudawginbama Says:

    with you on the cards, brad.

    south isnt a joke. i hope state can take care of buisiness tonight.

  5. godawgs09 Says:

    every time i hear cohen talk i want to thank the great ninja for the excellent hire. go cubbies, and i hope the cards don’t win a game!

  6. jmbulldog Says:

    I can’t let the Cards fans outnumber you ima. Go Cubs! And, Go State!

  7. imabulldog Says:

    Thanks, I noticed that you were from the start BL-on your personal info thing on the side of the page.

    My eye brow immediately went up! 🙂 But, at least we have some teams with great history

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