OMAHA, Neb. — No. 7 overall seed Mississippi State baseball dominated No. 4 Vanderbilt 13-2 on Tuesday, setting up a decisive Game 3 of the College World Series finals at TD Ameritrade Park.
The Bulldogs and Commodores will play one final game of the 2021 college baseball season on Wednesday at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN2 to crown the national champions.
With a win, the Bulldogs will win their first national championship in any team sport. On the other side, Vanderbilt is trying to win its second consecutive CWS title and third since 2014.
MSU’s blowout win on Tuesday came one night after Vanderbilt won the first game 8-2. The Bulldogs rode strong performances from senior pitcher Houston Harding and junior Preston Johnson. Harding allowed one run on two hits with four strikeouts and two walks, while Johnson allowed one run on two hits and struck out seven batters in five innings.
The Bulldog offense erupted for 14 hits, with all starters recording at least one hit. Freshman Lane Forsythe had three hits, two RBIs and a run, while graduate student Scotty Dubrule had two hits, four RBIs and two runs. MSU also drew 10 walks.
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