Tim Elko only needs one healthy ACL to launch homers.
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 home run to give his team a 10-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth.
All this has come while playing on a torn ACL — suffered back in April — that 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 gone long: He appeared in a game again on May 1, and returned as a regular in the lineup on May 20.
Elko was batting .250 coming into Monday’s game, with five home runs since returning to the Rebels on May 1. He had a multi-homer game against Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament and now is up to three home runs in the Oxford Regional.
Already with three hits (including his two home runs against Southern Miss), Elko received an intentional walk in the sixth inning against the Golden Eagles. Seems fair to say they didn’t want to chance the injured star launching another homer in the win-or-go-home game.