Cody Brown (Mississippi State)
Six days after Justin Morris (Maryland) scored on a wild pitch to cap a walk-off victory over Baltimore, the Redbirds returned the favor with a walk-off win of their own.
The Big Train almost didn't make it that far as the Redbirds carried a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning when Sal Colangelo's small-ball strategy came into play.
Garrett Kueber (Moorpark) bunted Fox Semones (James Madison) -- who entered the game as a pinch runner for Michael Emodi (Creighton), who led off the inning with a single -- over to second base, advancing the tying run into scoring position. Then with two outs, Logan Farrar (VCU) blooped a clutch game-tying single over the shortstops head to tie the ball game.
Farrar and Emodi collected two hits apiece to go along with Clayton Daniel's (Jacksonville State) three hit performance.
Chase Gardner (San Francisco) turned in a gutsy five innings on the mound in his lone start of the season. He limited the league's second-most potent offense to just two runs on three hits.
Vinny Esposito (Sacramento State) passed Allen Smoot (San Francisco) for the league lead in RBI's with a two-run single which broke the scoreless tie in the third inning.
The win puts the Redbirds in the driver's seat for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Barring a Redbirds loss to the current playoff-bound Herndon Braves (who could lose their playoff chances with a loss to the Redbirds) and a Big Train victory over the Gaithersburg Giants, the Redbirds will remain the top seed with Bethesda following at No. 2.
The Big Train's season finale will be played at Povich Field with first pitch coming at 7:30 p.m.