Instant Replay: Pitcher Gives Up Home Run, Waves Goodbye To Ball During College World Series

Jun 30, 2021, 5:05 PM | Updated: Dec 8, 2022, 11:57 am
Preston Johnson - Mississippi State Bulldogs...
Pitcher Preston Johnson #35 of the Mississippi St. Bulldogs celebrates the final out against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the Bulldogs 13-2 win in game two of the College World Series Championship at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha on June 28, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A pitcher waved goodbye to a baseball as it sailed over his head and into the crowd for a home run during the College World Series.

Vanderbilt and Mississippi State played Game 2 of the College World Series on June 29. The Commodores entered the game with a 1-0 series lead over the Bulldogs.

During the top of the ninth inning, Mississippi State pitcher Preston Johnson gave up a home run to Vanderbilt’s Maxwell Romero Jr.

As Romero Jr.’s hit coasted over Johnson’s head, the Mississippi pitcher waved goodbye to the home run ball he’d just given up.

Johnson and Mississippi State went on to win Game 2, 13-2.

The Bulldogs’ victory tied the series at one game apiece.

“We’re ecstatic because, one, we’re still playing, and, two, we used two arms tonight,” Bulldogs coach Chris Lemonis said. “We have an opportunity to use some different guys tomorrow now because of the score. It was nice after the game. I grabbed Landon, I said, ‘Man, it was sure nice not having to pitch you tonight,’ because I feel like in every win for the last month, he has been out there.”

Mississippi State and Vanderbilt will play for the College World Series title in a decisive Game 3 on Wednesday, June 30. The game will broadcast at 5 p.m. (MDT) on ESPN2.

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