It was only a few minutes before Mississippi State’s Saturday night winner’s bracket game against Central Michigan in the Starkville Regional was set to begin.
Because of NCAA postseason rules, the Bulldogs were slated to be the visiting team and hit first, despite being inside the friendly home confines of Dudy Noble Field.
Problem was, some MSU players didn’t realize it was their bat – not their glove – they needed as the game began.
“A couple of them, (like) Elijah (MacNamee) didn’t even realize we were the visitor until about 2 minutes before the game started,” MSU head coach Chris Lemonis said. “That’s probably a poor job on my part.”
No problem. The Bulldogs may not have been ready to hit, but they came out spraying the baseball all over the yard anyway.
MSU scored four runs in the first inning on the way to a 7-2 victory over Central Michigan that puts it only one win away from advancing to a super regional. A raucous crowd of 11,511 – the largest crowd to ever watch a regional game in Starkville – helped push the Bulldogs to their fast start.
For more on MSU's victory, see Sunday's Starkville Daily News.