Press Release from Mississippi State Athletics
While it may have taken longer than they would have liked, the Mississippi State baseball team found a way to put its final non-conference game of the season into the win column Wednesday night.
Elijah MacNamee hit a leadoff double in the bottom of the 10th inning. He then scored when a bunt by Marshall Gilbert was thrown away at third base allowing the Bulldogs to escape Hoover Metropolitan Stadium with a 9-8 win over Troy.
“You have to be proud of the kids,” MSU head coach Gary Henderson said. “To come back and score in the ninth and then the 10this impressive. We really needed this win, so it was a great that we found a way.”
MSU improved to 27-22 and can now focus its attention of a pair of Top 10 Southeastern Conference foes to wrap up regular season play.
The Bulldogs held a 7-4 lead entering the ninth inning. After the Trojans scored four times, the Bulldogs had to answer in the ninth inning.
With one out, Rowdey Jordan and Tanner Allen had back-to-back singles before a walk to Luke Alexander loaded the bases. Hunter Stovall hit a deep fly ball for a game-tying sacrifice fly. A popup ended that threat.
Riley Self worked a perfect 10th inning for the Bulldogs, setting the stage for a 15th come-from-behind victory.
MSU’s seven-game road trip will come to a close this weekend with a three-game series at No. 17 Kentucky. The series will begin Friday in Lexington with a 6:30 p.m. CT first pitch on ESPNU.
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