April 11, 2012

Walk-off HR ends 12-inning scoreless stalemate

STARKVILLE, Miss., - Mississippi State's pitching staff threw 8 1/3 no-hit innings Tuesday night against South Alabama.

The only problem was the Bulldogs were unable to generate any offense either. But that changed with one swing of the bat in the bottom of the 12th inning when freshman first baseman Wes Rea connected with a walk-off, two-run homer for the 2-0 victory.

"I got all of it," Rea said. "They tried to come in three times in a row. They kind of got me off guard with the first two and I said I was just going to sit on that one pitch which is what you kind of have to do in that situation late in a ball game. You sit on that one pitch and try to do something with it."

It was the second straight walk-off victory for MSU, who improved to 21-12 on the year. The Diamond Dogs also had a game-winning RBI double by Daryl Norris in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday to defeat Vanderbilt 8-7 to claim their first SEC series victory of the season.

Tuesday's win was the first for State in extra innings this season their four previous outings in extra frames.

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