By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
STARKVILLE – Moments like this are why Jacob Robson came all the way from Canada to the SEC.
The Mississippi State freshman slapped a game-winning single to center field in the 10th inning to give his team a 5-4 win over Alabama at Dudy Noble Field on Saturday.
That capped a doubleheader sweep for No. 22 MSU (35-13, 12-11 SEC), which took a 10-6 win in the opener.
The series finale is at 1:30 p.m. today.
Robson, a left fielder from Windsor, Ontario, came to the plate with runners at second and third and one out in the 10th. With some of his countrymen waving a Canadian flag just behind the left field fence, Robson delivered the biggest hit of his young career.
He had three hits in the game.
“In those moments, you’re not really thinking too much,” Robson said. “You know how hard you practice, and I’ve worked very hard to get to this moment, is for moments like that.”
“He wanted that stage, he wanted to be there, and he took a really good swing,” head coach John Cohen said.
Sam Frost had four hits, including a bunt single in the 10th, and Hunter Renfroe hit his SEC-leading 15th home run. Chad Girodo (4-1) got the win in relief, but Ben Bracewell did the heavy relief work with 32⁄3 scoreless innings.
Austen Smith’s two-out, solo home run to left-center field gave Alabama a 4-3 lead in the sixth.
MSU got a game-tying pinch-hit single from Brett Pirtle in the eighth, with pinch-runner Derrick Armstrong barely beating the tag at home. State took the opener with the aid of a seven-run second inning.
Reliever Ross Mitchell (9-0) got the win, and Jonathan Holder worked the final 22⁄3 innings to record his 13th save, tying the school’s single-season record.
Trey Porter had a pair of two-run doubles to spark a 10-hit attack, and Wes Rea hit his fifth home run of the season.