Joining Arkansas and Texas Tech as the only three teams to make a second straight trip to the College World Series is Mississippi State.
Last night, the Bulldogs punched their return ticket to Omaha with an 8-1 victory over Stanford in the Starkville Super Regional.
Dustin Skelton broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the third with a bases-clearing triple off the wall and MSU never looked back. That completes a two game sweep of the Cardinals in which the OmaDawgs out-scored the opposition 14-2 in the first-ever Super Regional hosted at the new Dude.
Let the celebration begin for the 11th time in program history. Mississippi State Head Coach Chris Lemonis said, “Unbelievable night. I just keep thinking that hey, we’ve had our best night in our ballpark and it just keeps getting louder and louder. Our fans are unbelievable and then our ball club, man we just, it was a typical Mississippi State game. We just grinded it out.”
Mississippi State center fielder Jake Mangum said, “Man, if you think that I can put that into words you’re crazy. I mean you can’t write it any better. I mean I can speak for myself here, I didn’t come back just to make it to Omaha, we’re trying to win a national championship. So we’re one step closer, and we’ve got work to do.”
Other than Florida State, the Diamond Dawgs are the only team remaining without a loss in this year’s NCAA Tournament.
And you’re gonna find that teams that make it to the College World Series like Mississippi State might have an All-American or three. Today, a trio of Bulldogs got the nod from Baseball America, those being ace pitcher Ethan Small on the first team, the SEC Hit King Jake Mangum on the second team, and second baseman Justin Foscue on the third team.
Let’s not forget about the all-time home run leader at Southern Miss, Matt Wallner recognized as a first-team All American as well.