STARKVILLE – Nick Vickerson had one of the most famous walk-off hits ever at Mississippi State.
Vickerson belted a two-run homer in Game 2 of the Gainesville Super Regional in 2011 to give the Bulldogs a 4-3 victory over Florida.
Although the setting was much different on Saturday, his younger brother Jake proved clutch hitting just runs in the family.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Jake Vickerson smashed a walk-off single over the head of the right fielder to give the White team a 2-1 victory in Game 3 of the Bulldog World Series.
“I was just looking to get a hit,” Jake Vickerson said. “I didn’t do much all day so really I just wanted to help the team get the win right there.”
The victory was the second for the White team in the series and looks to clinch the series Sunday at 1 p.m.
Third baseman Reid Humphreys led the White’s seven hit attack going 2-for-2 at the plate with a triple.
All-American closer Jonathan Holder picked up the win tossing 1 2/3 innings of shutout and no-hit relief. Holder had one strikeout and a walk.
White starter Austin Sexton lasted 4 2/3 innings allowing one run on two hits with a pair of walks and no strikeouts.
The Maroon team was limited to just two hits on the day.
Tupelo’s Ben Hudspeth suffered the loss in relief. Hudspeth walked one and hit two loading the bases in the bottom of the seventh before giving way to Lucas Laster. Laster got two outs but served up the single to Vickerson.
Maroon starter Brandon Woodruff looked sharp after missing most of the spring due to injury. Woodruff hit 96 MPH and worked 4 2/3 innings giving up a run on four hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
“It was huge for me to get three starts (this fall) and I’ve thrown some live bullpens,” Woodruff said. “I’ve had a good fall because I’ve been out here throwing. It’s big for me to get out here in game situations and get ready for the spring.
“My arm feels pretty good, it feels stronger. I can maintain velocity now which is something I struggled with early in my career here. I feel like now my arm’s stronger and I can keep my velocity up.”
Junior right-hander Trevor Fitts will try to even the series Sunday on the mound for the Maroon team countered by freshman righty Dakota Hudson for the White.