Tim Elko solely wants one wholesome ACL to launch homers.
The Ole Miss captain and designated hitter hit a grand slam within the second inning of the Rebels’ regional closing in opposition to Southern Miss on Monday. Two innings later, he hit one other solo dwelling run to offer his staff a 10-2 lead within the backside of the fourth.
All this has come whereas enjoying on a torn ACL — suffered again in April — that induced Elko to overlook a month of motion.
Elko tore his ACL on April 5, in accordance with a report from The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.). However he wasn’t gone lengthy: He appeared in a recreation once more on Might 1, and returned as a daily within the lineup on Might 20.
Elko was batting .250 coming into Monday’s recreation, with 5 dwelling runs since returning to the Rebels on Might 1. He had a multi-homer recreation in opposition to Vanderbilt within the SEC Event and now could be as much as three dwelling runs within the Oxford Regional.
Already with three hits (together with his two dwelling runs in opposition to Southern Miss), Elko acquired an intentional stroll within the sixth inning in opposition to the Golden Eagles. Appears truthful to say they did not wish to likelihood the injured star launching one other homer within the win-or-go-home recreation.