Through eight-and-a-half innings of Mississippi State’s first game in the College World Series, it was starting to look like the Bulldogs had picked a bad time to lose their first game of the NCAA Tournament.
But then came the bottom of the ninth where the OmaDawgs had everyone saying ‘Oma-gosh.’
Down 4-1 to Auburn in that bottom of the ninth inning, SEC Hit King Jake Mangum got the rally started with a lead-off double and everything after that started to feel awfully familiar.
An improbable 28th comeback victory for the Diamond Dawgs this season, 5-4 final, perhaps a little rally banana left in the tank. Marshall Gilbert said, “I was talking with Hatch about it and we were kind of making our predictions about what was going to happen, so leading up to that Hatch went up to the plate and I didn’t even take any practice swings. I just sat there and waited for the sound of the ball hitting his bat and when I saw what happened I looked up at the left field foul pole that I always go to and I walked up to the plate, kind of said whatever. Let it rip, see what happens, don’t worry about the result.”
Mangum said, “Higher power, man. Just like that ninth inning against Stanford, like this. Let’s do this thing, man. Like let’s just do the thing. We’ve got a couple more ball games to win. If we play good baseball, good things will happen.”
Mississippi State will take on Vanderbilt in the winner’s bracket with first pitch slated for 6 p.m. tomorrow from Omaha on ESPN.