BULL­DOGS

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MacNamee of course ac­com­plished much more than that. His high fly ball cleared the wall in left field and set off a Bull­dog cel­e­bra­tion. MSU has now won five games in a row since los­ing the opener of the Tal­la­has­see Re­gional last week­end.

“(MSU) is play­ing with great emo­tion right now,” Van­der­bilt head coach Tim Corbin said. “I think that's pretty easy to see. MacNamee cer­tainly is.”

MacNamee's game-win­ner wasn't even his first home run of the night. He also went deep in the third in­ning. He fin­ished the game 3-for-5 with his two homers, five RBI and a pair of runs scored. Now, all eight of MacNamee's homers

this sea­son have come in his last 15 games, so it was no sur­prise MSU in­terim head coach Gary Hen­der­son was proud to see MacNamee get a chance in the ninth.

“I was pretty glad he was up,” Hen­der­son ad­mit­ted.

Hen­der­son also said he was happy to see Hunter Sto­vall on base ahead of MacNamee in the de­ci­sive ninth. Sto­vall had reached on a one-out sin­gle.

“That changes the dy­nam­ics of things,” Hen­der­son said of hav­ing Sto­vall aboard.

MacNamee fol­lowed, got in a quick 0-2 count, fouled off a pitch, then hit his deep drive into the Nashville night.

“When I got to two strikes, it's just the two-strike ap­proach we've been do­ing,” MacNamee said. “I was think­ing go the other way with

the fast­ball. I guess think­ing go the other way with the fast­ball, I was able to get off speed, stay in there and it was a pitch I could han­dle.”

MacNamee's shot put an end to a wild night that orig­i­nally looked like the Bull­dogs would cruise to vic­tory. MacNamee's first homer gave MSU a 7-2 lead at the time.

State built its ad­van­tage with a pair of sec­ond-in­ning runs, then af­ter Van­der­bilt an­swered back in the top of the third with two of its own, MacNamee's homer capped a five-run frame in the bot­tom of the third for the Bull­dogs.

Van­der­bilt fought back though. In the top of the fifth, the Com­modores used three hits, four walks and a Bull­dog er­ror to pull even at 7-7.

MSU went back in front in the eighth. With two outs

in the frame, Jake Mangum de­liv­ered an RBI sin­gle. That looked like it'd be the win­ning run be­fore Van­der­bilt tied the game with two outs in the top of the ninth on a Pat De­Marco triple that even­tu­ally al­lowed him to score when the throw to third got away. It was a dis­heart­en­ing turn of events for the Bull­dogs.

No mat­ter though. MacNamee was there to save the day for MSU yet again, and while his game-clinch­ing blast set off a small party amongst the Bull­dogs near home plate, there was at least some reser­va­tion.

That's be­cause State knows this se­ries isn't over yet.

“The dom­i­nant thought is we have to win an­other game,” Hen­der­son said.

Game two of the set is sched-

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