(Photo Courtesy of Mississippi State Athletics)
To echo the words of Bulldog great Jake Mangum, “We don’t lose to that team up there.” That was the text sent by Mangum to Bulldog right fielder Tanner Allen on Sunday morning following a blowout loss to the Rebels on Saturday where the Boys in Maroon fell victim to a 1 hit shutout and fell 9-0. Allen’s response: “I know”, and he did, as the Bulldogs used a Tanner Allen bases clearing triple in the bottom of the 6th to jump on top of the visitors for good and win the rubber match of Super Bulldog Weekend 2K21 by a 7-5 score. The win makes the Bulldogs 16-3 in the last 19 against the school up north and continues a series winning streak against the Rebels that dates back to 2015.
Freshman Jackson Fristoe took the mound for the Bulldogs and went 2.2 innings, giving up 1 run on 2 hits and fanning 3. He was followed by Houston Harding (4-1), Parker Stinnett, Brandon Smith, and Landon Sims (5) who recorded the save. The Bulldog arms combined to give up 5 runs on 6 hits while fanning 10 on the day.
The Diamond Dawgs struck first in the bottom of the 2nd when Brayland Skinner reached on a fielder’s choice and stole 2nd before scoring on a Lane Forsythe single to make it a 1-0 ballgame. Ole Miss would answer back in top of the 3rd when a bases loaded walk forced home the tying run to knot the contest at 1. The visitors would take the lead in the top of the 4th on a Hayden Leatherwood solo shot to right to make the score 2-1. The Bulldogs would knot things up in the bottom of the 5th on a Rowdey Jordan solo shot that made it a 2-2 contest.
The Rebels took the lead once again in the top of the 6th when Hayden Leatherwood hit his second bomb of the contest, a 2-run shot that put the visitors on top 4-2. The lead was short lived as the Boys in Maroon answered with 5 runs of their own in the bottom of the 6th when Logan Tanner and Josh Hatcher provided back-to-back singles that put runners on the corners with 1 out. A Brayland Skinner single scored Tanner and Scotty Dubrule singled to score Hatcher and knot the contest at 4. Rowdey Jordan then singled to load the bases with 2 outs for Tanner Allen. Allen sent a laser into the right-center gap for a bases clearing triple that put the Bulldogs up 7-4.
The Rebels got 1 run back in the top of the 8th when a throwing error and base path collision allowed Cael Baker to score from 1st and make the score 7-5. That’s where the score would hold as Landon Sims entered in the 9th to the sounds of Whitesnake and slammed the door on the Rebels once again to seal the game, the series, and send the Bulldog faithful home from The Carnegie Hall of College Baseball home with smiles on their faces and a successful edition of Super Bulldog Weekend.
The Bulldogs were led offensively by Rowdey Jordan who went 4-5 with a solo home run. Tanner Allen went 1-3, but the 1 was a bases clearing triple that put the Bulldogs on top for good. Logan Tanner and Scotty Dubrule both went 2-4 with big time clutch hits.
Landon Sims recorded 2 saves on the weekend, his 4th and 5th. The sophomore from Cumming, GA has become the stopper for the Bulldogs, and when the Dudy Noble Field crows hears “In the Still of the Night” blast over the speakers, they know something big is about to happen. Sims was asked about the feeling of jogging in from the bullpen as Whitesnake blares and the DNF crowd begins to stir, the righty said, “I literally got chill bumps on my arms, there aren’t many places like that.”
The Bulldogs return to the diamond for a Tuesday showdown with UAB at 6:30pm CT before traveling to Nashville for a 3-game set against the Vanderbilt Commodores. First pitch for that series is set for 7pm CT Friday.
Recap and Box Score can be found here
Today’s music was a no-brainer. In the not so distance past, and “expert” from the school up north made a comment about the small physical size of our lineup. Well, after taking the series…..again, here’s an ode to that sentiment.