Mississippi State senior right hander Kendall Graveman pitched a complete game shut out and the No. 24 (Collegiate Baseball) Bulldogs (26-8, 5-6) beat the Florida Gators (14-18, 4-7) to clinch their first Southeastern Conference series of the season.
“Give God the glory, and the fans, how great were they,” Graveman said. “The defense played good again. It’s not all me. The guys are playing good behind me when I pitch and that helps a lot.”
Graveman (4-2) has pitched back-to-back complete games for the Bulldogs as he pitched MSU to a 4-1 win over the Razorbacks last Saturday. He is 3-1 in his four SEC starts this season.
Graveman gave up only five hits in his fourth-career complete game. He only struck out two batters, but he induced 19 ground ball outs three double plays.
“Just so proud of Kendall,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “Real leaders aren’t people who talk all the time, they’re people who do. Kendall has done. His last two weekends, I don’t remember two starts like that in a long time really by anybody that has played for me.”
The Bulldogs scored two runs in the first inning to give Graveman the lead for good. Junior shortstop Adam Frazier, junior designated hitter Alex Detz and junior second baseman Brett Pirtle each had two hits to lead MSU.
Senior catcher Mitch Slauter also talked to reporters after Saturday’s game.