Relive the legend of Rally Possum on SEC Network
BATON ROUGE - Remember that time an adorable critter skittered into the hearts of Tiger fans before helping LSU baseball orchestrate a comeback walk-off win against Arkansas that seemingly altered the fate of their entire season?
If you don't, the SEC Network will offer a chance for Tiger fans to relive the “Rally Possum” moment on Thursday afternoon as the channel is airing a replay of LSU’s amazing win over Arkansas in May.
LSU-Arkansas will air at 2 p.m. on Thursday as part of the Tigers’ SEC Network “Takeover.” 12 classic events in six different Tiger sports will be shown over a 24-hour period. LSU’s takeover started on Wednesday and concludes Thursday night at 11.
The legend of the #rallypossum goes like this:
It was a night in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field like any other on May 7 when LSU was trailing the Arkansas Razorbacks by a score of 9-1 in the bottom of the fifth. LSU managed to pull back to 9-5 by the time the bottom of the seventh came around. History began to unfold when a baby Viriginia opossum scampered out of the bullpen at the Box and quickly disrupted play as it eluded would be Arkansas captors in left field.
The eventually famous marsupial was finally removed by LSU facilities staff after it caused a comedic interlude. It was returned to its natural habitat, and the game resumed.
With the possum gone, the Tigers would catch on fire, scoring four runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game. In the 10th, they’d seal the walk-off win to post a 10-9 victory.
The events of that night would become a momentum tipping point for the squad as LSU would roll on to win 12 of its next 14. Thanks to the totemic varmint the Tigers earned a National Seed for the NCAA Tournament where they would finally fall to eventual National Champions Coastal Carolina.