Mississippi State baseball

Mississippi State’s Elijah MacNamee, left, shares a special moment with his mom, Jennifer Horton, following Sunday’s win over Stanford that clinched a College World Series berth for the Bulldogs. MacNamee hit a dramatic three-run home run during the game.

Jennifer Horton’s trips to Starkville have been filled with special times the last three years as the mother of Mississippi State senior right fielder Elijah MacNamee has had the chance to see her son blossom into one of MSU’s most memorable athletes of all-time.

This past weekend though as Horton made her way to town for State’s super regional against Stanford, the mood was different than usual. The travel from Horton’s Cypress, Texas, home to Starkville had a somber feel. There wasn’t much of a feeling of excitement.

That’s because Horton’s boy was hurting. Horton herself might’ve been hurting worse. The Major League Baseball Draft had just been completed in the days before Horton headed to Mississippi. MacNamee’s name wasn’t called. Despite the fact 11 Bulldogs were picked in the draft and despite the fact MacNamee has developed into one of the Southeastern Conference’s most respected hitters and a strong defender, 40 rounds passed in the draft without a team taking so much as a flyer on MacNamee. It was weighing heavily on Horton’s mind.

For more on MacNamee's moment and his mother's reaction, see Tuesday's Starkville Daily News.

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