College World Series: Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi State

It’s very possible that Mississippi State has the thickest skin in all of division I baseball coming into the second round of the College World Series with a nation-leading 28 come from behind victories.

If the Bulldogs were going to avoid their first loss of the NCAA Tournament, it was going to require number 29. OmaDawgs taking on SEC foe Vanderbilt for  just the second time this year.

The last undefeated team in the NCAA Tournament has fallen, but that’s why they play double elimination. Bulldogs go down by the final count of 6-3 which means a quick turnaround.

And it’s Louisville coming out of the loser’s bracket to face Mississippi State, having dispatched Auburn 5-3 earlier today.

Mississippi State Head Baseball Coach Chris Lemonis said, “What he does, he throws you one for a strike and then he throws you that one that’s right on the knees and ends up being and his slider ends up being more down than it is side so it’s kind of going under a lot of barrels. And then when you throw 95 on top of it, you’re having to commit to something pretty early with him and that makes it tough.”

Mississippi State center fielder Jake Mangum said, “That was a tough one to swallow but it is what it is and we’ve got to go home tonight and turn the page quick. We’ve got a really good team tomorrow that we’ve got to play against and it’s going to be another great college baseball game in Omaha. So, got to be ready to go.”

MSU will play Louisville in its first elimination game of the tournament at 7 p.m. tomorrow. J.T. Ginn will get the ball for the Bulldogs.

Now some belated praise for the same Mississippi State trio of All-Americans, this time as decided by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Friday night ace Ethan Small is the recipient of his fifth All-America honor this post-season while SEC Hit King Jake Mangum pulls in the first-ever first-team recognition of his illustrious four-year career.

Second baseman Justin Foscue is repping for the second team yet again.

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