MSU's Pilkington confident his struggles are in the past
Only time will tell, but Konnor Pilkington thinks he has finally figured some things out.
Mississippi State's ace pitcher has had a rough go of things lately, but headed into this weekend's NCAA Regional in Tallahassee, Pilkington is confident that his last couple of starts have put his struggles to rest.
“I fixed some things in my bullpens and everyday catch,” Pilkington said. “I've been trying to move it over to games and the last couple of outings I really proved to myself that I can do it.”
Pilkington is attempting to bounce back from a tumultuous three-start stretch in which he was battered by Arkansas, Alabama and Kentucky. Though State ultimately won two of those games, Pilkington was far from the consistent hurler MSU has become accustomed to the last couple of years.
In those three games, Pilkington didn't pitch longer than five innings after doing so in each of his previous seven starts. The Razorbacks, Crimson Tide and Wildcats also got to Pilkington with 25 hits and 19 runs scored over a total of 14.1 innings. Just as damaging to Pilkington over that time was the nine walks he allowed.
So exactly how did a guy many expect to be a top pitcher taken in next week's Major League Baseball draft get into such a rut? Not even his head coach knows for sure.
“I don't know,” MSU interim head coach Gary Henderson said. “I have the same
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Konnor Pilkington gets ready to take the field for one of his 15 starts for Mississippi State this season.