Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Hogs

This was the stuff dreams are made of. What young baseball player hasn't dreamed of hitting the game winning homerun?

April 9 around 10:00 PM Central Time, James Mcann stepped to the plate in a game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the LSU Tigers.

In the top of the 9th inning, after 8 innings of scoreless baseball, the LSU Tigers scored three runs to take the lead three to zero. The record crowd at Arkansas' Baum Stadium, somewhat deflated after 3 hours of tense defensvie baseball held out slim hopes of a victory. The bats were dry; runs scarce. But then Colin Kuhn gets hit by a pitch.  One baserunner now in the bottom of the 9th. He moved to second on a fielders choice. One out one man on.

Bates singles to right allowing Kuhn to score from second base with one out , 3-1 LSU, at this point. Kyle Atkins, called upon to pinch run for Bates steals second base, still with one out.  Dominic Ficociello, singles moving Atkins to third. Now the Hogs have something going. Men at 1st and 3rd with one out in the bottom of the ninth.

LSU, only two outs from sealing the game, faced James Mcann at the plate. After Mcann flirted with a homer on the fourth pitch, a long drive to left field that went foul. Mcann took the next pitch and knocked it over the left field wall near the Razorbacks bullpen scoring three runs and giving the Hogs the victory. It was Mcann's first ever "walk off" home run. Hogs win 4-3.

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