FILE - Mississippi State left-hander Luis Pollorena got a run scored and a bunt single in his first positional start beyond the pitching mound Saturday. Photo by: MSU athletics
June 3, 2012 12:10:51 AM
In most of MSU career, junior Luis Pollorena has been known as the Bulldogs high-energy left-handed pitcher. The 5-foot-7 athlete from Laredo, Texas added another statistic to his unique college career by starting an NCAA Regional game Saturday against UAB in right field.
In an elimination game, MSU went with Sam Frost at third baseman and Matthew Britton at second base. These moves forced veterans Brent Brownlee and Daryl Norris to the bench against UAB.
Pollorena, who was a outfielder and pitcher at Marian (Ala.) Military Academy before signing with MSU two years ago, would produce a bunt single, a walk and a run scored in the five-hole of MSU's lineup Saturday.
"I felt like that part of our lineup was a little bit more swing-and-miss and the thing I know about Pollorena is I know he's going to make contact," Cohen said. "I also obviously have to know before doing that, that Pollo's not going to pitch for us that day."
Before the start in the NCAA Regional elimination game at Florida State Saturday, Pollorena had three official at-bats in the 2012 season not including a game-tying sacrifice fly in the Bulldogs 4-3 comeback win last week over No. 2 LSU in the Southeastern Conference tournament in Hoover, Ala.
After the 8-1 victory over UAB, Bulldogs senior pitcher Caleb Reed joked that is simply another opportunity for fan favorite Pollorena to excite the crowd.
"People love him and we have no idea why," Reed sad. "We like him a lot don't get me wrong but he gets a standing ovation for everything he does."
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