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:
|Game 1||W||Cal State Fullerton*||6-1|
|Game 2||L||Arizona State*||4-3|
|Game 3||L||South Carolina||6-5|
|Game 1||W||Oklahoma State||12-3|
|Game 4||L||Miami (FL)*||6-5|
|Game 2||W||Georgia Southern||15-1|
|Game 3||L||Southern Cal*||7-1|
|Game 1||L||North Carolina||8-5|
*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.