MSU's History in Omaha

Christian Petersen

Mississippi State will make their 9th appearance in the College World Series starting Saturday at 2:00 vs. Oregon State

Omaha. O.M.A.H.A. Omaha!

The Bulldogs are back in the College World Series for the first time since 2007. It's great to be back and in the thick of a national championship chase. But before we get started, I'd like to take a look back at our history in this great event.

Some nuggets from wistoncountysfinest and justinrsutton:

  • MSU is 15th all time in CWS appearances with nine. They have the 5th most appearances without a title - fellow Omaha participant North Carolina is tied for 4th with ten.
  • MSU has been to the CWS the 3rd most of any SEC school (LSU and South Carolina).
  • Only SEC team to make the CWS in each of the last five decades and one of only five in the country (FSU, Clemson, Arizona State, Texas).
  • Bonus 2013 nugget: MSU is 25-0 vs. non-SEC teams not named Central Arkansas (28-3 overall).

Here are the results for State in Omaha:

1971 W/L Opponent Score
Game 1 L Tulsa 5-2
Game 2 L BYU 3-1

1979 W/L Opponent Score
Game 1 W Cal State Fullerton* 6-1
Game 2 L Texas 8-2
Game 3 L Pepperdine 5-4

1981 W/L Opponent Score
Game 1 W Michigan 4-0
Game 2 L Arizona State* 4-3
Game 3 L South Carolina 6-5

1985 W/L Opponent Score
Game 1 W Oklahoma State 12-3
Game 2 W Arkansas 5-4
Game 3 L Texas 12-7
Game 4 L Miami (FL)* 6-5

1990 W/L Opponent Score
Game 1 L Georgia* 3-0
Game 2 W Georgia Southern 15-1
Game 3 L Stanford 6-1

1997 W/L Opponent Score
Game 1 L Alabama 3-2
Game 2 W UCLA 7-5
Game 3 L Alabama 9-5

1998 W/L Opponent Score
Game 1 W Florida 14-13
Game 2 L LSU 10-8
Game 3 L Southern Cal* 7-1

2007 W/L Opponent Score
Game 1 L North Carolina 8-5
Game 2 L Louisville 12-4

*indicates team that went on to win the national championship.

  • Overall, State is 7-16 in Omaha. The most success has occurred in the first game, going 4-4.
  • MSU has played the eventual national champions in five of its eight trips, going 1-4 against them (Cal State Fullerton in '79).
  • John Cohen will be the 4th different coach to take MSU to the CWS. Paul Gregory (1), Pat McMahon (1) and Ron Polk (6) are the others.
  • Mississippi State's greatest team ever, 1985, also did the best in Ohama going 2-2. They might have made the championship except the format was a little different which prevented them from playing a team twice if it could be helped, so Miami (the eventual champs) was the opponent in the elimination game rather than Arkansas who MSU had already beaten.
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