Elko wins Regional MVP after historic performance
Published 10:40 am Tuesday, June 7, 2022
The legend of Tim Elko continues to grow.
The Ole Miss first baseman endeared himself to Rebel fans last season when he bounced back from a torn ACL suffered in early April to lead Ole Miss to the seventh Super Regional appearance in program history.
He continued to affirm his status as a cult hero in Oxford this weekend, when he hit .778 in three games at the Coral Gables (Fla.) regional to send the Rebels to their third consecutive Super Regional.
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The Ole Miss captain was dominant throughout the weekend, posting an .857 on-base percentage and an astonishing 2.111 slugging percentage en route to Regional MVP honors.
He capped off the weekend with perhaps his best performance in a Rebel uniform to date, becoming the third player in program history to hit three home runs in a postseason game in a 4-for-4 performance at the plate.
His third long ball of the afternoon marked another major milestone as he passed Jason Huisman and Brian Pettway for sole possession of the program’s single-season home runs record.
He now sits in second place on the program’s career home run list, just four homers shy of tying Kyle Gordon’s all-time record of 48.
Elko’s five-RBI performance also moved him into a tie for third place in the Rebels’ single-season RBI leaderboard. He is now just one RBI away from cracking the top 10 in the program’s career list.
Ole Miss looked dead in the water just a few weeks ago, but reached the tournament as the last team selected in this year’s field of 64 and now sits just two wins away from a trip to Omaha.
The Rebels head to Hattiesburg this weekend to take on Southern Miss as they try to reach the College World Series for the first time since 2014.