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Pollorena Pitches, Timely Dog Hits Top Gators

Pollorena Pitches, Timely Dog Hits Top Gators

Luis Pollorena takes catching ceremonial first pitches seriously anyway. But when en route to the bullpen for warmups he saw the little girl who would be throwing it, a childhood cancer patient just as he himself once was, well… "I wish I would have done it, just walking by her and what she told me, I told her the game was for her."

In fact Friday night's game was for all Bulldogs. And if Pollorena had to hand-off his pregame role he certainly made up for it by throwing the first real pitch then another 78 in a 7-3 win over Florida. Mississippi State improved to 25-8 and 4-6 SEC by taking the series opener, while the visiting Gators are 14-17, 4-6. Pollorena, who moved into the weekend rotation just last weekend, made his...

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