Despite ominous clouds all day and some light rain, Sunday's game three with Alabama was never delayed, and actually went into extra innings before the Dawgs broke through victorious for the sweep.
Jacob Lindgren started out pretty well but got into trouble in the 3rd which lead to an unearned run, and in the 4th he got into a major jam allowing one run and leaving the bases loaded and no out for Ross Mitchell. Good ole Ross did his magic and escaped the 4th inning without any more runs scoring. His magic ran out in the 5th, however, as he gave up a 3-run homer that gave Bama a 5-2 lead. That was the first home run of the year given up by the lefty - it raised his ERA to 1.32 which is now 2nd in the league behind nemesis Bobby Wahl.
After exchanging a couple of runs State was down 6-3 in heading to the bottom of the 7th when they struck for three runs to tie the game. Frazier and Detz got on to start the inning, setting the table to Renfroe who struck out looking on three consecutive borderline pitches on the outside corner. But not to worry because Rea, Bradford and Robson all singled to bring in one run apiece.
Will Cox got to see two hitters in this game before giving way to Chad Girado would did well in his 2.2 IP. Johnathon Holder was his usual excellent self as he pitched 3 scoreless innings and got his second win of the year. Mitchell, Girado and Holder all now have ERA's under 1.32.
The game winner (2nd consecutive extra inning walk-off) came after a Renfroe single to lead off the 11th - Pirtle's 3rd HBP of the game advanced him to 2nd base and Bradford came through again as he singled home Renfroe in a semi-close play at the plate. C.T. went 4 for 6 in the game - his average is now back up to .296.
Here are the highlights....Hail State.