May 5, 2013

Walk-off hit in 11th inning completes MSU sweep

STARKVILLE, Miss., - Coming into the weekend Mississippi State had not had a walk-off win all season.

Now the 11th ranked Bulldogs have two.

MSU won its second straight extra inning affair in walk-off fashion Sunday afternoon to complete a three-game sweep over Alabama. C.T. Bradford drove in the game-winning run with an RBI single in the bottom of the 11th to give the Diamond Dogs a 7-6 comeback victory.

"That's just the way our team is, we stay loose," Bradford said. "We don't really get too fired up about too much and that's a good thing. We stay calm and keep our heart rate down and we deliver."

The SEC series sweep was the second for State this season and first at home. The Bulldogs improved to 13-11 in the league and 36-13 overall and are now third in the Western Division.

Mississippi State overcame a three-run deficit to tie the score in the seventh inning and ultimately force the extra frames. The Diamond Dogs had 11 hits on the afternoon including seven from the seventh inning on.

Bradford paced MSU at the plate going 4-for-6 with four singles and three runs batted in.

"He's worked really hard at it," said MSU skipper John Cohen of his centerfielder. "He's had a couple of lulls but now he's a very confident hitter. We need him this time of year to do the things he did for us today."

Third baseman Alex Detz was the only other State player with multiple hits going 2-for-6 with a pair of singles.

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