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Mississippi State eliminates Texas, advances to College World Series finals

OMAHA, NE - June 22, 2021 - Mississippi State Pitcher Jackson Fristoe (#27) celebrates during the 2021 Mens College World Series game between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Virginia Cavaliers at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, NE. Photo By Austin Perryman
Mississippi State baseball vs. Virginia Cavaliers. Photo: Austin Perryman/Mississippi State Athletics.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs are set to compete for a national championship!

Saturday evening, the Mississippi State baseball team faced off against the Texas Longhorns in a win-or-go-home situation in the College World Series. The Bulldogs, who had previously beaten Texas twice before this season (once at the beginning of the year and then again in the CWS), had fallen to the Longhorns Friday evening (or actually really early Saturday morning).

In the fourth meeting between the two teams, Mississippi State was able to come out on top once again. MSU is now 3-1 against Texas this season.

But more importantly, the Bulldogs will play for a national championship.

Mississippi State Bulldogs topple Texas Longhorns in walk off fashion

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The Bulldogs had to claw their way back into the game against Texas after falling behind early. The Longhorns claimed a 2-0 lead by way of a two-run home run that was shot out past right field in the top of the 2nd inning.

State was able to cut that lead in half in the bottom of the third as the Tanner Allen knocked a single up the middle to get Kellum Clark home, bringing the score to 2-1.

The Longhorns and Bulldogs traded runs in the 5th inning, but Mississippi State was able to tie the game up at 3-3 in the bottom of the 6th as Logan Tanner smacked a double right down the left field line, bringing Kamren James in to score.

In the bottom of the 9th with an out and the score tied up at 3-3, Clark was hit by a pitch. MSU made the decision to put Brayland Skinner on first as a pinch runner for Clark and in turn, Skinner scooted on over to 2nd with a steal and Tanner Leggett up to bat.

Leggett then hit a single right into left center field which was enough to get Skinner on home.

Mississippi State sent the Longhorns home by beating Texas 4-3. The Bulldogs will compete against the Vanderbilt Commodores with the national championship on the line.

How to visit Omaha for the College World Series: Where to eat?

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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.

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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.

For more independent Mississippi State news and commentary, follow The Underdog Tribune on Facebook and Twitter. Follow Ethan Lee on Facebook and Twitter.

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