MSU's Pilk­ing­ton con­fi­dent his strug­gles are in the past

Starkville Daily News - - SPORTS -

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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Daily News) (Photo by Blake Wil­liams, MSU ath­letic com­mu­ni­ca­tions, for Starkville

Kon­nor Pilk­ing­ton gets ready to take the field for one of his 15 starts for Mis­sis­sippi State this sea­son.

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