A wild and extended weekend for the Mississippi State baseball team concluded in the best way possible on Monday, when the Bulldogs defeated Oklahoma 8-1 to win the Tallahassee Regional and advance to the Super Regional Round of the NCAA Tournament.
After a walk-off win against national seed and regional host Florida State on Saturday, the Bulldogs kept the momentum going through Monday’s victory.
Trailing 1-0 early, Mississippi State’s Justin Foscue gave the Bulldogs the lead with a 2-out, 2-run double in the top of the 4th inning, a lead that they would not give up.
An inning later the Bulldogs kept the 2-out magic going, this time on an RBI single from Rowdey Jordan to go up 3-1. Jordan would factor in again later on in the 8th inning, scoring an insurance run on a passed ball.
The Bulldogs received an excellent outing from starting pitcher JP France, who threw 7 innings and gave up just one run.
A 9th-inning explosion broke the game open for the Bulldogs. Jake Mangum blasted a 2-run home run to right-center field to give Mississippi State plenty of breathing room.
Mississippi State will now face SEC foe Vanderbilt this weekend in the Super Regionals, a best-of-three series whose winner will advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. This year will be the third in a row in which Mississippi State has reached the Super Regionals. And for the first time in NCAA Division I baseball history, the Bulldogs are the first team to win winner-take-all-games in the regional round in back-to-seasons.
Since neither team is a national seed, the NCAA will determine in the coming days which team will host the super regional series this weekend.