Graveman’s pitching powers Miss. State to CWS finalsPublished 3:07pm Tuesday, June 25, 2013
It’s like déjà vu all over again.
That’s one way Kendall Graveman and the Mississippi State Bulldogs could possibly describe their second victory over the Oregon State Bulldogs, by a score of 4-1.
Like the first game, the Alexander City native Graveman started on the mound. Similar to their previous meeting, Graveman’s outing was salvaged by solid work from the bullpen.
But that’s where the similarities end, as this time, Graveman got the victory for the Bulldogs (51-18) and with it, put Mississippi State into the College World Series finals for the first time in school history.
This is the sixth time a Southeastern Conference school has earned a spot in the CWS finals.
The Bulldogs will face UCLA for the national championship.
For now, the spotlight is on the senior Graveman, who went 5.2 innings.
While Graveman only fanned two batters and walked one, he gave up just one run on four hits, using off-speed pitching to leave the Beavers befuddled in the batter’s box.
Mississippi State head baseball coach John Cohen said the right-hander’s command was influential to the Bulldogs’ victory.
“The story of the ballgame is Kendall Graveman shoving the ball in the strike zone,” he said. “He changed speeds and filled the strike zone.”
Graveman said he was able to draw upon his earlier outing against Oregon State to figure out what he needed to do to get outs.
“To see them the other day was very big for me,” Graveman said. “It’s different than seeing a team on video. I feel like there are some things I can go to. I tried to mix up speeds and get some guys off-balance.”
With the victory, Graveman improved to 8-5 on the year. It was also moved the Bulldogs to 3-0 during their current trip in Omaha, which is the most wins by MSU in a single College World Series in the school’s history.
Game one of the CWS final between Mississippi State and UCLA took place on Monday. The Outlook will have more coverage as it relates to Graveman’s outings at the CWS when it is made available.