FINAL: Elijah MacNamee did it again.
MacNamee drills a two-run home run and the Mississippi State Bulldogs have a walkoff win against Vanderbilt, 10-8, in game 1 of the super regional.
It’s MacNamee’s second home run of the day and eerily reminiscent of his shot to beat Florida State a week ago and save MSU’s season.
The Bulldogs can clinch a spot in the College World Series Saturday night.
This kid is unstoppable!!!!! pic.twitter.com/wi2ECtlvih
— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 9, 2018
In an up-and-down game, Mississippi State got up 2-0, 7-2 and 8-7 only to let Vanderbilt tie it each time. The last time happened in the top of the ninth when, with two outs, Vandy’s Pat Demarco hit a ball off the left field wall and scored when the ball hit him sliding into third base, rolled near the dugout and the throw to the plate was wide.
That put Mississippi State in the position of needing some more late-inning heroics, and MacNamee — whose third-inning home run was part of a five-run frame — followed up Hunter Stovall’s one-out single with another blast to end it.
The Bulldogs got four innings out of starter Ethan Small and also used JP France, Cole Gordon and Riley Self (who earned the win).