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SEC Baseball Championship: Pitching Will Continue to Be Difference-Maker for MSU

Published by on May 28, 2012

It's no secret that pitching wins championships, and no one proved that better than Mississippi State's baseball team this weekend.

The Bulldogs rolled over Vanderbilt for a 3-0 win on Sunday to win the SEC championship—their first since 2005—behind a stellar pitching performance by Ross Mitchell. The situation couldn't be any better for Mississippi State, which enters the NCAA tournament on the heels of eight wins in their last nine games.

You can imagine how deep and skilled a pitching staff must be in order to win six games in six days, and no one quite illustrated that point like Mitchell, who made his fourth appearance in the tournament. This time, he threw five scoreless innings in relief of Brandon Woodruff to get the win, striking out five and allowing five hits.

But the stellar pitching didn't stop with him. He got the hook after plunking a batter and then allowing a single to start the ninth inning, but Caleb Reed quickly took care of business, getting out of the jam with a double play. Chris Stratton finished off the job by inducing a groundout
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