Mississippi State wins first national championship
Heading into game three of the College World Series finals, Mississippi State was just one loss away from tying the second-longest drought of appearances in Omaha without a national championship in baseball or any other sport.
But MSU was also just one win away from making that completely irrelevant, just one win away from immortality.
Last night the Bulldogs dominated Vanderbilt from start to finish, en route to a 9-0 win, the largest shutout in the history of the College World Series.
George County alum Logan Tanner drove in two of those runs including a seventh inning solo homer, alongside a dazzling pitching performance from Will Bednar and Landon Sims, who combined to give up just one hit.
The end result was an OmaDawg pile at Dudy Noble North and a national title coming back to the real Dude in Starkville.
Here’s the post-game reaction from TD Ameritrade Park with the help of WJTV’s Noah Newman.
Mississippi State, national champions. Remember a couple years ago at the last College World Series that was played, when the Bulldogs were eliminated, do you remember Jake Mangum’s post-game press conference? He said, with tears rolling down his face, that Chris Lemonis would bring a national championship to Mississippi State. It happened. Tanner Allen said, “Man, I’m on top of the world. I couldn’t be happier for a team, a town, a fan base, the whole state of Mississippi, except Oxford, of course. Those guys are always on my back so hey, I had to take a shot at them.”
Landon Sims said, “A lot of hard work has paid off, and being the last team standing in college baseball was the goal, and we worked really hard for that.”
Will Bednar said, “Oh, it’s the greatest feeling ever to be a national champion. Especially with this group of guys. We worked so hard to get here, and I mean this is awesome. It’s unbelievable.”
Head Coach Chris Lemonis said, “And Jake Mangum, he’s a big part of this. Almost every player that put on the Maroon and White, they have a piece of this trophy tonight because it’s been built over years. Like I said earlier, Coach Polk built this many years ago, and fortunately we were able to capitalize on it tonight.”
MSU finishes the season with an overall record of 50-18, two wins shy of that 2019 team.