Mississippi State wins in walk-off fashion after Auburn collapses in bottom of 9th inning
The Auburn Tigers led the Mississippi State Bulldogs 4-1 going into the bottom of the ninth inning in both teams’ College World Series opener on Sunday night.
That’s when chaos broke loose, as the Bulldogs cut the lead to 4-2 and then to 4-3. Then, Mississippi State loaded the bases with Marshall Gilbert coming to the plate.
He delivered, chopping a ball up the middle that was just out of reach of the Auburn pitcher and couldn’t be handled by the second baseman:
That drove in the winning run and the Bulldogs pulled out a thrilling 5-4 victory to get in the win column in Omaha.
A key error from Auburn 3B Edouard Julien cost the Tigers a chance to close out the game earlier in the inning:
Julien had a big day at the plate, though, it should be noted. He hit a mammoth home run and had three RBI for the Tigers. However, he had a rough bottom of the ninth inning.
Auburn will play Louisville on Tuesday in an elimination game, while Mississippi State and Vanderbilt will also play Tuesday in the winner’s bracket.