Bulldogs defeat Tide to secure SEC series
Mississippi State catcher Gavin Collins, left, congratulates teammate Jonathan Holder at the end of Friday night's 1-0 win against Alabama. (Photo by Vasha Hunt, Alabama Media Group, AP)
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. â€“ Matthew Britton's first 246 at-bats in his Mississippi State career didn't yield a home run.
The 247th did and it was a big one.
Britton led off the seventh inning with a solo home run to lift the No. 16 Bulldogs to a 1-0 victory and clinched the series against No. 22 Alabama on the road.Â
"I was actually really surprised," Britton said. "I rounded first thinking 'he's going to catch it at the warning track.' I looked up and he's jumping on the fence. You got to be happy about it."Â
Britton was batting .240 with just 24 hits entering Friday night's game. He went 0-for-2 in his first two at bats against Spencer Turnbull, but swung at the first pitch and snuck it over the left field wall.
The Cullman, Ala., native had friends and family on hand to see him launch his first-career home run.Â
"It's a great story for him," MSU head coach John Cohen said, who is from Tuscaloosa. "I remember coming here and playing. It's really neat for him."
With the win, MSU wins its seventh Southeastern Conference series of the season, the most since the 2000 squad won seven. That club made it all the way to a super regional.Â
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