OmaDawgs: Mississippi State walks off Texas, advances to College World Series Finals against Vanderbilt
The Mississippi State Bulldogs are headed to the College World Series Finals against Vanderbilt after beating Texas 4-3. MSU’s historic season continues, and it will now get a shot at a national title.
Defensive replacement Tanner Leggett got the game-winning single in the bottom of the 9th to lift the Bulldogs.
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To set up Leggett’s game-winning hit, pinch runner Brayland Skinner (replaced Kellum Clark, who was hit by a pitch with two strikes) stole second base to get into scoring position.
Mississippi State didn’t play its best game, but it was enough to pull off the victory. The Bulldogs tied the Longhorns in the 6th inning 3-3. After MSU scored a run in the inning, Texas brought in reliever Cole Quintanilla, who slammed the door shut. Bulldogs Brad Cumbest grounded to third on a half swing, and Cam Williams threw the lead runner out at the plate. Kellum Clark struck out looking, and pinch hitter Josh Hatcher struck out swinging. That inning could have haunted Mississippi State for a long time; however, the Bulldogs had some magic left in the 9th inning, thanks to Leggett.
Texas third baseman Cam Williams got the party started early, as he launched a two-run home run to give the Longhorns a 2-0 lead in the second inning.
Bulldogs slugger Tanner Allen finished 2-for-4 with one RBI. Rowdey Jordan also finished with two hits, as did Logan Tanner and Kellum Clark.
Mississippi State starting pitcher Will Bednar lasted 6.1 innings, allowing four hits and three earned runs. Closer Landon Sims replaced Bednar, and he was lights out. Sims pitched 2.2 innings, allowing no hits and striking out four hitters.
Longhorns starter Tristan Stevens lasted five innings, allowing nine hits and three earned runs. Quintanilla pitched 3.1 innings. He allowed just two hits and one run — the game-winner.
The first game of the College World Series Finals — best 2-of-3 series — featuring Mississippi State and Vanderbilt starts Monday night.