OMAHA, Nebraska – Mississippi State baseball is having an incredible run, which includes five-straight elimination games during the 2018 NCAA Tournament. After a 10-6 Super Regional win over Vanderbilt, MSU is now set to face Washington in the program’s 10th College World Series Appearance.
The Diamond Dawgs (37-27) will open the College World Series against the Washington Huskies (35-24). The game will begin at 7 p.m. CT from TD Ameritrade Park. The game will air live on ESPN and will also be streamed like through WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app.
With a win, State will take on the winner of Oregon State (49-10-1) and North Carolina (43-18) on Monday at 6 p.m. CT. With a loss, the Diamond Dawgs will take on the loser of the matchup between Oregon State and North Carolina at 1 p.m. CT, Monday on ESPN.
After dropping After having dropped the Tallahassee Regional opener to Oklahoma by a score of 20-10, MSU’s season was saved by Elijah MacNamee’s Walk-Off Homer over Florida State. The Dawgs then beat Samford 9-8, and went on to beat Oklahoma 13-5 and 8-1 to reach the Super Regionals for the third straight year.
State then traveled to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt in the Super Regional round. The Diamond Dawgs won the opener 10-8 on another walk-off home run from MacNamee. Vanderbilt took game two on a walk-off homer of its own. MSU battled it out to win the final game 10-6 in 11 innings to advance to the College World Series.
This is the Washington Huskies first trip to the College World Series. The Huskies entered postseason as the lowest RPI (63) at-large team to receive a bid, but they played well through the NCAA Tournament.
The Huskies traveled to Fullerton, Calif., to face Cal State Fullerton, who were looking to to qualify for their 19th MCWS berth. Washington won the first game 8-5 before dropping game two 5-2. Washington won the final game 6-5.