(Photo Courtesy of Mississippi State Athletics)
At 11:28pm CT, Tanner Allen called game. After striking out with the bases loaded and down a run in the bottom of the 7th, the Bulldog right fielder was looking to redeem himself. He did just that when he deposited a 2-0 pitch over the wall in right field in the bottom of the 12th to push the Bulldogs past the Aggies of Texas A&M by an 8-7 final score. On a night that saw the Diamond Dawgs play way below their standard, the home team used determination and grit to open the series with a win.
Chrisitan MacLeod drew the start for the M Over S, and had a serviceable outing, but was still lacking the sharpness we’ve seen before. The lefty went 4 innings, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits while fanning 3. He was followed by Preston Johnson, Chase Patrick, Carlisle Koestler, Stone Simmons, Cam Tullar, Parker Stinnett, and Landon Sims (3-0). The Bulldog arms combined to give up 7 runs on 12 hits and strike out 18.
The Bulldogs drew first blood in the bottom of the 1st when Tanner Allen singled, and Kamren James walked before a Luke Hancock single plated the first run of the game. The home team would plate another run in the bottom of the 2nd when Rowdey Jordan singled and then scored from 1st on a Tanner Allen single to make it a 2-0 ballgame. The Aggies would strike back to take the lead in the top of the 4th when Bulldog miscues allowed the visitors to plate 3 runs. The first 2 runs scored on a throwing error on Kamren James that plated 2 Aggies, and the go-ahead run came on an RBI bunt single to make the score 3-2. The Bulldogs would tie the game in the bottom of the 5th when Tanner Allen and Kamren James provided back-to-back singles before Luke Hancock scored Tanner Allen on a groundout. The tie was short lived as the Aggies plated a run in the top of the 5th when a single was followed by an error on a stolen base attempt that put a runner on 3rd before an RBI single put the visitors back on top 4-3. The Aggies looked to put the game out of reach in the top of the 7th with a solo home run and a 2-run shot in the frame to make the score 7-3. When all looked lost, the Bulldogs answered back in a big way in the bottom of the frame when Kamren James walked, and Luke Hancock singled to put runners on the corners for Logan Tanner. Tanner wasted no time getting the home team back in the contest, driving a ball deep into the right field stands to make the score 7-6. The Aggies would take that lead into the bottom of the 9th and looked the close the game out. The Diamond Dawgs had other plans as Brad Cumbest led off the inning with a double. He advanced to 3rd on a Tanner Leggett groundout and scored on a Lane Forsythe sacrifice fly to knot the contest at 7 and take it into extras. The game remained quiet until the bottom of the 12th when Tanner Allen took a 2-0 pitch deep to walk off the Aggies and send the Bulldog faithful home from The Carnegie Hall of College Baseball with smiles on their faces and a series opening victory.
The Bulldog offense was led by Tanner Allen, who went 4-7 with 2 RBIs and the walk-off home run. Rowdey Jordan, Scotty Dubrule, and Luke Hancock each had multi-hit nights with Hancock providing 2 RBIs. Logan Tanner also added a 3-run bomb on the night.
Landon Sims was locked in again, pitching 3 scoreless innings to hold the Aggies and allow the Bulldogs to register the W.
The Bulldogs were once again plagued by errors, and the bottom of the lineup was 2-17 at one point, but the Boys in Maroon came through in the clutch, and that’s what this ball team is all about.
The Bulldogs look to take the series and possibly sweep tomorrow, as Sunday’s game has been moved to Saturday due to looming weather. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 2pm CT with game 3 set for 6pm CT.
Recap and Box Score can be found here
For the music portion of tonight’s/ this morning’s article, it’s only fair that we pay homage to Mr. Walkoff, Tanner Allen, himself.