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Collins' Shot Gives Margin Of 9-8 MSU Victory

Ryan Collins was already having a career night, with four hits in as many trips. But it was that fifth safety that was best and meant most, as the Bulldog rightfielder pulled a curveball over rightfield for a two-run homer that became the margin of Mississippi State's 9-8 victory over Middle Tennessee. And yes, Collins said, he had a notion there in the bottom of the eighth.

"Tie ball game, guy on first, you're looking for a pitch you can drive," he said. "Hopefully hit a gap or if you get lucky hit it out of the ball park and take the lead." Which is what Collins did. With two down and SS Ryan Powers on first base Collins worked the count full against Raider reliever Marshall Mears. At which point he had a pretty good idea what was forthcoming. "He'd showed me that...

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