Mississippi State Advances To 4th Straight Super RegionalAt The Ballpark
STARKVILLE, Miss. – On Saturday night, Mississippi State Bulldogs coach Chris Lemonis had identified the cure for what was causing his center fielder Jake Mangum’s hitting slump.
“We need a ‘Jake Hit’,” Lemonis said, “a chopper over the pitcher’s head.”
On Sunday night, after the Bulldogs had fallen behind 1-0 on a 400-foot home run by Miami third baseman Raymond Gil, Mangum heeded his coach’s advice, although not exactly.
Mangum’s fourth-inning single – which traveled the distance of a short putt – ignited a Bulldogs’ three-run, game-winning rally, carrying Mississippi State to a 5-2 victory over Miami.
The Bulldogs (49-13) will host a super regional this coming weekend against either Stanford or Fresno State, who will meet on Monday for the right to play Mississippi State.