Tim Elko of Ole Miss continues wave of home runs – with ripped ACL – in College World Series regional championships
Tim Elko only needs a healthy ACL to start home runs.
The Ole Miss captain and designated hitter hit a grand slam in the second inning of the Rebels’ regional final against Southern Miss on Monday. Two innings later, he hit another solo homerun to give his team a 10-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth.
It all happened while playing on a ripped ACL – suffered in April – which caused Elko to miss a month of action.
Elko tore his ACL on April 5, according to a report from The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.). But he wasn’t long gone: he appeared in one game again on May 1 and returned as a regular in roster on May 20.
Elko was up .250 heading into Monday’s game, with five homers since returning to the Rebels on May 1. He played a multi-homer game against Vanderbilt in the SEC tournament and now has up to three homers in the Oxford Regional.
Already with three hits (including his two homers against Southern Miss), Elko received an intentional walk in the sixth inning against the Golden Eagles. It seems fair to say that they didn’t want to risk the injured star throwing another home run in the game winning or coming home.