Mississippi State University | Russ Houston
Taking a look at some special moments and/or parts of MSU baseball as we anxiously await opening day this Friday.
No matter how many times I hear it, this audio clip never gets old. The year was 1990, and Mississippi State was taking on Florida State in Starkville in the South Regional. The Bulldogs were down 8-7, and Burke Masters, who was a perfect 5-for-5 on the day, stepped to the plate. Here's a recap of what took place that day, courtesy of Metal Building Dawg's post last summer:
Back then, there were no Super Regionals, but eight 6-team Regionals that fed into the College World Series. Mississippi State was ranked # 18 by Baseball America but was able to host as a 2 seed because of Dudy Noble Field. Florida State was ranked # 3, coming to Starkville as the 1 seed - champions of the Metro Conference (joined ACC in 1991).
Both MSU (BYU, Illinois) and FSU (Lafayette, Central Michigan) took care of their first two opponents relatively easily. The stage was set for a squarin' off on Saturday between the two. The game was back and forth with the 'Noles getting out to a early 4-1 lead, but the Dawgs came back and tied it 5-5 by the 5th inning. FSU scored one run in each of the 6th, 7th and 8th innings to head to the 9th up 8-5. State had a rally in them, though.
After scoring a couple of runs in the top of the 9th, Burke Masters (who was 5 for 5 on the day) stepped to the plate.
...And the rest is history. Here's the call from Jim Ellis:
Here's the audio link-burk for those on a mobile browser.
Hurry up Friday. Hail State
audio link courtesy of SixPackSpeak.