Fitts helps Bull­dogs pre­pare for the road

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Trevor Fitts knows how to get ready for a re­gional in Tal­la­has­see, Florida.

As the co­or­di­na­tor of base­ball op­er­a­tions for the Mis­sis­sippi State base­ball team, one of Fitts' re­spon­si­bil­i­ties is to put into place travel plans for road trips.

It won't take long for Fitts to re­call what it's like to make a trip to Florida State.

Dur­ing his fresh­man year as a pitcher in 2012, Fitts and the Bull­dogs par­tic­i­pated in the Tal­la­has­see Re­gional and fin­ished third.

MSU learned this week that it would be mak­ing an­other jour­ney to Florida State for the NCAA Tour­na­ment.

“It will be very in­ter­est­ing to go back,” Fitts said. “It will be good to go down there and try to get some wins.”

What does Fitts re­mem­ber about the last time the Bull­dogs went to Tal­la­has­see for base­ball com­pe­ti­tion?

The things that came to his mind first were the weather and the at­mos­phere.

“I re­mem­ber it was hot and the fans are re­ally loud,” Fitts said. “It's a home run hit­ters ball­park so you've got to keep the ball down. I'm sure that will be part of the mes­sage (to the MSU pitch­ers this week.”

Be­fore re­turn­ing to MSU in his cur­rent role, Fitts was the pitch­ing coach at Daphne High School in the spring of 2017.

Fitts serves as the pri­mary li­ai­son with adi­das base­ball with the Bull­dogs. Along with putting to­gether the travel, he man­ages player re­la­tions, over­sees stu­dent man­agers and video op­er­a­tions.

“Trevor is the op­er­a­tions guy and they are in the mid­dle of ev­ery­thing,” MSU in­terim head coach Gary Hen­der­son said. “The thing about that job and with that job de­scrip­tion, you do ev­ery­thing. He'll be right in the mid­dle of all the plan­ning for the travel and all of the lo­gis­tics. When you have a guy with Trevor's type of ex­pe­ri­ence and his de­vo­tion to Mis­sis­sippi State base­ball, we'll de­pend on him a great deal and he'll do a great job.”

Fitts ap­peared in 62 games on the mound dur­ing his four-year ca­reer with the Bull­dogs and had a 10-8 record with six saves and a 2.62 earned run av­er­age in 144 in­nings. The He­lena, Alabama, na­tive was a team cap­tain as a se­nior in 2105.

MSU par­tic­i­pated in the NCAA Tour­na­ment three times dur­ing Fitts' time as a player, in­clud­ing a run to the Col­lege World Se­ries fi­nals in 2013.

He has en­joyed be­ing a part of the Bull­dogs get­ting back to the NCAA Tour­na­ment again this sea­son.

“It's awe­some to see how re­silient they are with ev­ery­thing they've been through,” Fitts said. “(We look) to keep them mov­ing and put some wins to­gether.”

(Photo by Jonathan Bach­man, AP)

Trevor Fitts pitches for Mis­sis­sippi State dur­ing the 2014 sea­son.

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