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Nate Dohm made his long-awaited return for Mississippi State Baseball


STARKVILLE, Miss. – Nate Dohm was the ace for this Mississippi State staff during non-conference play, but an injury sidelined the flamethrower. However, the Indiana native returned and started for the Bulldogs in the series finale against Georgia.

Once again, the junior right-hander felt uncomfortable on the mound and didn’t last an inning. Dohm was dominant before the injury, going 3-0 with a 1.48 ERA, 32 strikeouts and only four walks.

His battery mate tonight, Joe Powell, had high praise for Dohm.

“Everyone saw it tonight,” Powell said. “It’s really good to have him back. It will be great to have him in the long run.”

It was a blow to this state team to lose their ace, but this team has proven their strength all year long. This setback only made this pitching staff even better, with weapons like Khal Stephen, Jurrangelo Cijntje, Tyler Davis and Tyson Hardin all stepping up.

It was a kick in the teeth for Bulldog head coach Chris Lemonis to lose his ace, but it’s encouraging that others are calling for his departure.

The emergence of these others has thrust this MSU team into the thick of the hosting debate. However, the addition of Dohm deepens this staff, something they desperately need.

The long-awaited return was worth the wait, as Dohm threw two perfect innings. The righty located his 92-94 MPH fastball well and mixed his outside velocities well.

“His performance was great,” Lemonis said. “He threw two innings and 22 pitches, and we only threw two … just part of his rehab.

Lemonis mentioned after the game that Dohm had pitched in the scrimmages the previous two weeks. Whether he will stick with starting or find a role in the bullpen is still up in the air.

“He’s just trying to come in and help us anyway he can…I can’t over-script,” Lemonis said.

There is more need for Dohm in the bullpen, but the third starter for MSU is on the move, so he could find himself in that role. Wherever he ends up, it can only benefit this team. A healthy Dohm could change the trajectory of this season for the Bulldogs.

“The goal is to have him back for the postseason,” Lemonis said.