Mississippi State departing for Omaha in less than 24 hours
When you consider the fact that Mississippi State started the season by getting swept at Southern Miss, lost its head coach the following week, and then began SEC play with a mark of just 2-7, in hindsight, its run to Omaha seems nearly unfathomable and yet here they are.
The Bulldogs are getting ready to depart for the College World Series tomorrow with Washington standing on the other side of the bracket for game one.
Crazy enough, MSU’s journey through the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament carried just as much doubt as the regular season. Coming back from an opening game loss to win four straight elimination games in the Tallahassee Regional and then emerging from the Nashville Super Regional with an 11 inning victory over Vanderbilt in the winner take all game three. Battle tested doesn’t even begin to describe it for the Omaha-bound Diamond Dawgs. MSU pitcher Cole Gordon said, “The feelings, the emotions that kind of came over us after that. You’re so close, you have the heartbreak, you have teams that you see just be gone, seniors leave. So it’s just special to be able to get there and experience it. We’re going to soak it all in, but we’re still there to win. We’re still there to play, so we’re going to try to keep our emotions in check but we’re pretty excited.”
MSU center fielder Jake Mangum said, “I told some of the freshman after the Super Regional, I was like don’t take this for granted. You’re not supposed to be in this situation, it’s really hard to get to this situation. And we’ve been to three straight super regionals, but like there’s not many teams that can say that. And now that we finally get to go to Omaha, everyone needs to just take this in and make the most of it.”
MSU will depart from campus at 2:15 tomorrow and will take on the Huskies at 7 p.m. on Saturday on ESPN.