Mississippi State wins second straight one-run game
Down to their final five outs without a hit to their name, the Mississippi State Bulldogs broke Virginia’s no hitter with a two-run homer followed by the go-ahead three run homer, all in the top of the eighth.
Kellum Clark got the Oma-Party started for the OmaDawgs with his line drive blast into the MSU bullpen, cutting the deficit to 4-2.
Three batters later, SEC Player of the Year Tanner Allen dug in and dug out perhaps the biggest hit of his life to give State a 5-4 lead.
A six run top of the eighth inning later, the Diamond Dawgs were able to hang on for the 6-5 victory. Allen said, “Man, my first emotion was going to the plate. I kind of prayed. I said, Lord, I know this is a big moment, and I just told Him, I was like I just want you to know if I succeed or not, I still know. I’m still thankful for the ability you’ve given me and the opportunity you’ve given me to be in this moment. And secondly, I knew they were going to throw to me. I had a rough night before that. But I have written in my glove in the outfield, it don’t matter. And the first three at-bats, those are behind me, and I knew I had another at-bat or two to make a difference in the game.”
Mississippi State Head Baseball Coach Chris Lemonis said, “I know this sounds crazy, but the ability to take a punch and keep playing is one of our greatest assets that we have. I mean we have taken punches all year long. We take punches, and that’s one thing about our league and playing against the best every weekend is man, you get knocked back and you’ve got to stand up and fight and our kids just, that’s what they do. I’ve used the word resilient all night, but that’s who we are. Some teams might have more of something else, but we’re a tough, gritty team and they’ll never stop playing. These guys will play until the last out every time.”
The Bulldogs get a nice little break before their next College World Series action from TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha at 6 p.m. Friday between the winners of Texas and Virginia on Thursday.
Once the dust settles in Omaha, Mississippi State is sending a trio to play for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team comprised of right-handed pitchers Jackson Fristoe and Landon Sims as well as the catcher out of George County High School Logan Tanner.