Two Mississippi State pitchers were placed on the Preseason All-America Team by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Junior closer Jonathan Holder earned a spot on the first team after setting the school record and tying the SEC record with 21 saves in 2013. The right-hander from Gulfport also went 2-0 with a 1.65 earned run average with 90 strikeouts in 54 2/3 innings of work.
Redshirt junior reliever Ross Mitchell was named to the second team after being the only pitcher in the country to post a 13-0 record.
The southpaw logged 94 frames in 34 outings posting a 1.53 ERA and 44 strikeouts.
“What an honor for Jonathan and Ross to be recognized for their individual accomplishments in 2013,” said MSU pitching coach Butch Thompson in a statement from the university. “Both of these special players would be the first to acknowledge their teammates, coaches and MSU for the experiences and opportunities during their college careers. They have trained extremely hard since Omaha in preparation for the 2014 season. It’s a tremendous honor for our conference and program to be recognized by such a prestigious organization as the NCBWA.”
Both Holder and Mitchell were also NCBWA All-Americans following the 2013 season.