No doubter: Walk-off grand slam lifts Mississippi State to dramatic victory
Mississippi State had a heroic hammer to end its game against Tulane on Saturday.
Luke Hancock launched a first-pitch no-doubter deep beyond right field and lifted the Bulldogs to a dramatic come-from-behind victory as No. 5 MSU won 9-5 with a 7-run ninth inning. State is 4-2 this season and will go for a series win tomorrow.
“I think that’s the best moment of my life,” Hancock said after the game, per Ben Portnoy. “That’s something you dream of.”
It’s been an up and down start to the season for the Bulldogs, who won three of their first four games, including pair of wins over top-10 opponents. State beat No. 9 Texas and No. 3 Texas Tech, and then knocked off Jackson State in a midweek tilt before they dropped the opening game against Tulane.
Coach Chris Lemonis added after the game, “If you can get that ballpark going it makes it hard to pitch and Luke took advantage.”
To get the atmosphere going, Logan Tanner earlier in the ninth laced a bases-loaded single into right-center to score two runs and send Dudy Noble Field into a frenzy.
Earlier this season, Lemonis said Hancock would get plenty of designated hitter at-bats when he’s not catching.
Tulane and Mississippi State wrap up the series at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
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— Mississippi State Baseball (@HailStateBB) February 27, 2021