TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Mississippi State head coach John Cohen decided to change some things up in his lineup.
He gave left handed pitcher Luis Pollorena a chance in right field and the lineup.
"I felt like that part of our lineup we had a little more swing and miss and less contact," Cohen said. "The thing about (Pollorena) is I know he is going to make contact. He is very good athlete, he can bunt and he can move the ball around."
Pollorena went 1-for-4 with a walk in the 8-1 victory against the UAB Blazers. He has pinch hit this year and come into play defensively in the outfield late in games but had never started a game other than the mound.
NCAA Division I
leading 70th DP
MSU has been a double play machine all year long.
They turned number 69 in the fourth inning on a 6-4-3 double play to tie Illinois for the most in the country.
"Our pitchers have done a good job of 'smiling and getting a ground ball,'" MSU infielder Sam Frost said. "Pitchers do a good job of getting us ground balls. We have confidence in ourselves that if we get that ground ball we can turn a double play."
The Bulldogs turned their 70th in the ninth to end the game. Going into to Saturday's game, the closest team to them in the tournament had 60 double plays.
Reed makes 92nd
Caleb Reed made his 92nd relief appearance in his Bulldog career and 96th appearance overall.
Both are third on the MSU list.
Reed also earned his ninth save of the year.
MSU's Adam Frazier had a 13-game hitting streak broken up Saturday.
He was intentionally walked twice.
Mitch Slauter has now hit in his last five games. He was 1-for-3 Saturday afternoon against UAB.
Bulldogs pick up
With the win on Saturday, MSU has now won at least one game in 26 regionals.
team in doubles
Hunter Renfroe hit his Bulldog-leading 16th double of the season Saturday.
He led off the sixth inning with a double to right center.
Rea gets ninth
Wes Rea drove in two runs Saturday for MSU against UAB.
He has had nine multi-RBI games this year, the most on the team.
Bulldogs bat around
State batted around in the sixth inning for the 15th time this year.
They batted around in all three games against Mercer earlier in the year.
Britton steps up
Matthew Britton hit his first extra base hit and first double of the season for the Bulldogs Saturday afternoon.
He also recorded two hits for his third multi-hit game of the year.