LISTEN: Mississippi State coach Chris Lemonis relives Bulldogs' wild win over Auburn
The Mississippi State Bulldogs won one of the wildest games of the NCAA Baseball Tournament so far on Sunday night, rallying from a 4-1 deficit in the bottom of the ninth inning to pull off a 5-4 victory over Auburn.
Now, the Bulldogs are riding high and will take on another SEC squad — Vanderbilt — on Tuesday in the winner’s bracket of their College World Series foursome.
On Monday morning, Mississippi State coach Chris Lemonis relived the wild victory during an appearance on SiriusXM radio:
Last night was a magical ending for @HailStateBB as they staged an epic comeback against Auburn and advance to the next round of the winner's bracket.@lemo22 joined @ESPNDari & @JacobHester18 to discuss the strong start for Hail State in Omaha & much more. pic.twitter.com/flmpWwSFuv
— College Sports on SiriusXM (@SXMCollege) June 17, 2019
“We had played the whole game and couldn’t get a big hit,” he said. “We had guys on (base) all day long. You just felt like it was a brand new ball game at that point (after Auburn’s error). It’s awful because Edouard Julien is one of the best players in our league and I think he hit the farthest home run in TD Ameritrade history in the second inning. He’s a great player and you hate to see that happen to great players on this stage. But in our world, we needed it. It was a jolt for us to get us back in the game. …
“We were just talking about putting the ball in play. Make them make plays. … Our mantra in the ninth was ‘Get it to the next guy.'”
Mississippi State and Vanderbilt will play on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Eastern time on ESPN.