Mississippi State Strikeout Kings: Bulldogs’ 21Ks most in single College World Series game

In just his second ever College World Series at bat, East Central High School alum Brad Cumbest popped an RBI triple out to deep right field which turned out to be the difference at the plate in Mississippi State’s 2-1 win over Texas.

As for the difference on the mound, how about a new record? In six innings of work, freshman All American Will Bednar set the MSU College World Series individual record with 15 strikeouts tied for sixth all time. Then comes Landon Sims, who punched another six tickets across three innings, good for 21 total and the new College World Series single game record which had previously stood at 20 for the last 56 years.

OmaDawgs still winners bracket livin’. Head Coach Chris Lemonis said, “Man, what a college baseball game. I just walked in. I was telling some of the guys, you’re going to look up in a couple of years and see all of those guys pitching in the big leagues. Just some special arms, some special competitors on both sides. But really proud of Will Bednar and Landon Sims, the way they pitched.”

Bednar said, “I felt like it was a great performance, probably my best ever. Especially on this big of a stage, it was really cool, but I felt like fastball was playing really well up in the zone, and the slider played really well too.”

Next up for the Diamond Dawgs is the Virginia Cavaliers at 6 p.m. tomorrow from TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska.

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