Well, now we know who the Mississippi State Bulldogs will face in their next College World Series game. Late last night (or actually really early this morning) the Texas Longhorns eliminated the Virginia Cavaliers from the College World Series.
Now Mississippi State and Texas will meet for the third time this season.
Texas was able to survive its elimination game against Virginia because of some late inning heroics from the Longhorns, something the Cavaliers probably aren’t too fond of at the moment.
UT got off to a 1-0 lead thanks to an RBI single in the 2nd inning and then doubled its lead in the 5th by way of a wild pitch. But Texas’ 2-0 lead didn’t last long as the Cavaliers tied things up by way of a two-run home run in the bottom of the 5th inning.
The Horns reclaimed their lead thanks to another RBI single, this one coming in the 8th inning, and then eliminated any opportunity for the Cavaliers to get back into the game thanks to a bases clearing double that brought three runs home, leading the Longhorns to a 6-2 win over the Cavaliers.
The Texas Longhorns have earned the opportunity to face the Mississippi State Bulldogs again
After eliminating Virginia, the Longhorns get to face Mississippi State for the third time this season. So far, UT has yet to beat Mississippi State this season.
The Bulldogs will be looking to make sure that trend continues.
Mississippi State first beat the Longhorns back in February at the start of the season. The Bulldogs were able to knock the Longhorns down in Arlington, Texas, coming away with a season opening 8-3 win over UT. That win set the tone for MSU to have a successful season, which eventually resulted in the Bulldogs making it to Omaha.
And in Omaha, Mississippi State’s first opponent was a familiar face, the Texas Longhorns.
Mississippi State wasn’t able to flat out dominate and get a huge win over the Longhorns in their second meeting. In fact, Texas kept things close thanks to the dominant pitching of Ty Madden. Thankfully, Will Bednar out-dueled Texas’ best pitcher and struck out 15 Longhorns along the way.
Landon Sims came in to finish the game and struck out six in the process, giving Mississippi State the College World Series record for strikeouts in a single game.
The Bulldogs came out on top and beat Texas 2-1.
Texas and Mississippi State are scheduled to play for the third time this year Friday evening at 6 p.m.
- Watch 2021 College World Series: Virginia vs. Texas – TV channel, livestream, schedule, live stats – Here’s what you need to keep up with the Cavaliers and the Longhorns when Virginia and Texas play Thursday evening.
- Starkville Stuff: Virginia Cavaliers, Texas Longhorns to play for right to face Mississippi State – How’s it going, folks? Mississippi State gets the day off because the Bulldogs beat Virginia the other evening. Now the Cavaliers are in the elimination bracket and will play the Texas Longhorns.
- ‘I love the fact that we never quit’: Chris Lemonis discusses Mississippi State’s comeback win over Virginia – “Damn, that was fun,” Chris Lemonis said while celebrating with his team in the dugout.
- Mississippi State rallies to beat Virginia in College World Series – The Mississippi State Bulldogs just didn’t quit Tuesday evening. Down 4-0, the Bulldogs roared back and were able to defeat the Virginia Cavaliers in the College World Series.
- Mississippi State wants you to watch Will Bednar, Landon Sims combine for 21 strikeouts against Texas Longhorns – Mississippi State’s win over Texas was a historic one. The Bulldogs were able to come out and shut down a prolific offense on college baseball’s biggest stage, TD Ameritrade Park during the 2021 College World Series.
How to visit Omaha for the College World Series: Where to eat?
With the College World Series set to start, NCAA baseball fans from all over the country will be headed to Omaha, Nebraska, to watch the country’s eight best teams play each other with the goal of winning a championship. While it’s often overlooked, Omaha is a city that deserves more credit for everything it has to offer.
I actually had the pleasure of living in Omaha for a couple of years and, despite the bitter winters, I thoroughly enjoyed my time living in the Midwest.
Omaha is a wonderful city with a great food scene, plenty of bars (especially sports bars), and a solid amount of nightlife.
There’s always something happening somewhere in town and, thanks to the size and layout of the city, it’s pretty easy to get just about anywhere you need within 20 to 30 minutes.
If you’ve got the opportunity to go see the College World Series, you should definitely take it.
And if you’ll be in Omaha, it’s worth getting a few ideas on what to do while you’re there. That’s what this guide is for, to help you get some ideas on what to do during your trip to see your team in the CWS.
Click here for The Underdog Tribune’s official guide to Omaha restaurants and bars for your trip to the College World Series.
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