Jonathan Holder earning his pinstripes

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The last time Mississippi State was in the College World Series back in 2013, Jonathan Holder was still donning the maroon and white. The Gulfport alum had 21 saves that season and now he’s starting to find a similar role at the back end of the New York Yankees bullpen.

Last night, the former Admiral entered a 3-2 game in the sixth inning with inherited runners already on first and third for the Washington Nationals. He proceeds to go strikeout, strikeout, pop-up, as Holder got the hold in his second straight outing.

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He now has four of those on the year, following a rough start to the season and his ensuing demotion back to the Triple-A ranks in early April.

Holder was called back up to the show on April 21st and he’s done nothing but dazzle upon his return. Not allowing a single run over his last 20 appearances, spanning across 22 innings.

He’s now rocking a 2.19 ERA all the way down from 20 plus on April 6th. The 25-year-old is also averaging more than a strikeout per inning to go along with a team-leading .81 whip.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at jhaeger@wxxv25.com.

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