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Mississippi State’s JT Ginn was named the National Freshman Co-Pitcher of the Year on Wednesday.

STARKVILLE This time a year ago, JT Ginn was being drafted in the first round by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the 30th overall pick.

Now the Mississippi State pitcher is celebrating being named the National Freshman Co-Pitcher of the Year by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

The right-hander from Brandon has posted an 8-4 record through 16 starts this season with a 3.36 earned run average, 103 strikeouts and only 18 walks over 80 1/3 innings.

Ginn shared the honor with Tyler Thornton of St. Mary’s.

Ginn’s status for the Starkville Super Regional this weekend remains unclear after leaving last Friday’s start with soreness in his pitching arm.

“We don’t know,” MSU coach Chris Lemonis said on Wednesday afternoon. “He still hasn’t picked up a ball. We’re just taking it slow and seeing where he’s at. Right now, I just don’t know.”

ALL-AMERICANS

MSU senior center Darryl Williams and junior cornerback Cameron Dantzler were both selected second team All-Americans by Lindy’s Sports.

Williams has appeared in 32 career games and made 25 starts at guard but moved to center during the spring. The 6-foot-2, 310-pounder from Bessemer, Alabama, only allowed one sack and five quarterback hurries last season.

Dantzler started all 13 games last season and is one of only four qualifying corners in the SEC that did not surrender a touchdown in 2018. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder from Hammond, Louisiana, made 43 tackles, two for loss, one sack, two interceptions and broke up nine passes last year.

ZUBER SIGNED

Kansas State graduate transfer wide receiver Isaiah Zuber has officially signed with Mississippi State but has yet to enroll in classes.

Zuber’s arrival is more likely to happen in July’s second summer term or prior to the start of camp on Aug. 2.

The 6-foot, 186-pounder is eligible to play immediately and led the Big 12, averaging 17.8 yards per punt return in 2018. He has 127 career catches for 1,321 yards and 11 touchdowns.

DUCKING COMMITS

MSU received a commitment from 2020 Holmes Community College wide receiver Caleb Ducking on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-5, 185-pounder from Rolling Fork made one catch for 18 yards during his freshman season in Holmes’ triple-option offense.

Ducking is the Bulldogs’ 15th commitment for the 2020 class.

HOOPS RELEASE

MSU women’s basketball signee Esmery Martinez may not be playing for the Bulldogs after all.

The three-star forward from the Dominican Republic has asked coach Vic Schaefer to release her from her letter of intent.

“I would like to thank Mississippi State University and the coaching staff for recruiting me,” Martinez tweeted late on Tuesday night. “However, after much thought and discussion with my family, I have decided to ask for my release and reopen my recruitment.”

logan.lowery@journalinc.com Twitter: @loganlowery

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