MSU baseball notebook: Tatum, polls, McCord

Vance Tatum had the best performance of his career on Sunday afternoon.

He was rewarded for it on Monday.

The Mississippi State sophomore left hander was honored as the Southeastern Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week.

The Olive Branch native struck out a career-high 12 batters in eight-plus innings of work in a 6-2 win over Samford. He only gave up two runs on two hits to improve his record to 2-0.

“The star of the show (Sunday) is Tatum,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “I’m so proud of what he’s done. He did so many things well (Sunday). He went offspeed, he went in and just really did a great job.”

Tatum leads the SEC in strikeouts with 25, opponent batting average (.085) and is tied for first in fewest hits allowed with only five.

Kentucky’s Kyle Cody threw seven no-hit innings to be the other Co-Pitcher of the week. He retired 15 in a row before hitting his pre-determined pitch count. The Wildcats beat Nebraska-Omaha 5-1 to give Cody his first win of the season.

Auburn’s Anfernee Grier and Vanderbilt’s Zander Wiel were Co-Players of the Week. Grier batted .500 over the week with nine hits. He scored six runs and drove in three. He stole two bases in two attempts. Wiel hit two grand slams during the week.

Florida’s JJ Schwarz won Freshman of the Week. He batted .462 during the week.

Bulldogs move

up in polls

MSU moved its record to 13-0 after taking two games from Arizona and Samford this weekend.

The Bulldogs saw the effects in the polls.

The highest ranking for the Bulldogs is in the USA Today/Coaches poll. In the first in-season poll released, MSU is No. 7. They were No. 25 in the preseason poll.

MSU also entered the top 10 in the Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America and NCBWA polls. MSU is No. 8 in Collegiate Baseball’s and No. 9 in Baseball America’s and NCBWA’s.

In D1 Baseball’s poll, MSU moved from No. 22 to No. 15. MSU jumped four spots from No. 18 to No. 14 in the Perfect Game poll.

McCord starting again

MSU freshman right hander Jesse McCord (1-0, 7.71 ERA) will start on the mound for the Bulldogs today as they face Arkansas Pine-Bluff.

McCord picked up his first win last week, as he went 5 2/3 innings in a 10-2 victory over Alcorn State. He gave up only two runs on three hits. He struck out six batters, but walked four.

The Bulldogs and the Golden Lions (3-6) will meet at 4 p.m. at Dudy Noble.

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