After coming back to beat Auburn in the opening round of the College World Series, Mississippi State was allotted 24 hours to enjoy the win and another 24 hours to prepare for Vanderbilt.
But now some extra down time in Omaha for the Oma-Dawgs with bad weather postponing tonight’s game until 1 p.m. tomorrow, still awaiting the conclusion of the loser’s bracket game between Auburn and Louisville.
In the meantime, the Bulldogs are utilizing Mother Nature’s clock to size up their rematch with the Commodores who beat State 1-0 in the SEC Tournament.
This time, Vanderbilt is throwing freshman Kumar Rocker who pitched a complete game shutout with 19 strikeouts in his last outing against Duke. Mississippi State Head Baseball Coach Chris Lemonis said, “I think it’s really crazy to take a lot off that game because it was two different starters and those starters were really good. There wasn’t a whole lot to that game. Not a lot of offense for us, not a lot of offense for them. We played them a lot, our guys played them last year. We’re very familiar with each other. I just think it’s a brand new game. How these two arms run out there and pitch will be the key.”
Mississippi State Pitcher Cole Gordon said, “We played well, they played well, they just kind of edged us that night. But I think we played them last year, they were a similar team as they were last year. They’ve just kind of grown a little bit, matured as a team. So they’re really good and they’re not going to make many mistakes so we can’t either. We’re going to have to be dialed in and play good baseball, and if we play good baseball then we have a good shot.”
Vanderbilt is one of three SEC teams Mississippi State didn’t play in a three game series during the 2019 regular season.