April 8, 2012

Norris' walk-off double wins series

STARKVILLE, Miss., - Daryl Norris was not expected to return from a Feb. 29 dislocated kneecap for a least another week or two.

But the sophomore was used as a designated hitter in all three games against Vanderbilt this weekend going 6-for-10 with four runs batted in including the game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the ninth Sunday to give the Bulldogs an 8-7 victory and their first Southeastern Conference series win of the season.

Norris drove a two-out pitch to the wall in right-center which allowed Mitch Slauter to score the game-winning run from first.

"He just left it out over the plate and I was sitting on it the whole at bat," Norris said.

The win pushed MSU's conference record to 5-7 on the year and 20-12 overall. It was their first league series win at home since sweeping Auburn last March and first over the Commodores since 2005.

"The thing that was the story of the game for me at least was we went down four early and our kids kept battling," said MSU skipper John Cohen. "They stayed positive and kept believing we were going to find a way to get this done."

The Bulldogs collected 10 hits on the day led by Norris' 3-for-4 performance which included a double and three runs batted in.


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