- Mississippi State pitcher Preston Johnson hilariously waved goodbye to the ball after giving up a home run
- Johnson pitched five innings for the Bulldogs to help his team even the best-of-three series 1-1 with Vanderbilt
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Preston Johnson pitched a stellar five innings for Mississippi State Tuesday. In his outing, he posted a season-best seven strikeouts and earned the win for the Bulldogs.
Despite his impressive numbers, Johnson’s outing was not perfect. But, he had the perfect reaction after giving up a home run to Vanderbilt’s Maxwell Romero Jr. in the top of the 9th inning.
Right away, Johnson knew the ball was going out of the park. So, he bid that ball a bittersweet farewell. And it was gold.
— Matt Schick (@ESPN_Schick) June 30, 2021
“I threw that pitch and it was kind of — I had thrown two sliders first pitch to the other guys,” Johnson said after the victory. “And he was sitting on it. He got it, he got me. A good team like [Vanderbilt], you can’t make mistakes. And I made a mistake with one pitch, and he hit it a long way. Hats off to him. Good swing.”
Mississippi State will play Vanderbilt again tonight at 7 p.m. EST in the final game of the college baseball season.