OMAHA, Neb. -- Marshall Gilbert is a man of routine.
Before every game he inscribes "daWgs" -- the "W" meaning "win" -- into the dirt behind third base.
In each at-bat, he peers toward the left field foul pole before settling into the batter's box.
Baseball is a game of superstition.
Senior center fielder Jake Mangum is chief among those players who believe in such things.
With a 9-0 record in the all-black "Nickelblack" uniforms entering the College World Series, Mangum pleaded with redshirt junior and Game 1 starter Ethan Small to don the jerseys Sunday.
Standing in right field during last season's College World Series matchup with North Carolina, senior outfielder Elijah MacNamee charged toward the infield.
Butch Thompson had made up his mind.
After spending four years as an assistant baseball coach at Georgia and another three at Auburn, Thompson, an Aberdeen native, had decided to join the Division I head coaching ranks at High Point University in North Carolina ahead of the 2009 season.
Elijah MacNamee sat at the foot of his locker at TD Ameritrade Park with a somber look on his face.
Minutes earlier, Mississippi State had been eliminated from the 2018 College World Series by way of a 5-2 defeat to eventual national champion Oregon State.
For the second time in as many years, Mississippi State baseball team is heading to the College World Series.
After dispatching of Southern University, Central Michigan and Miami in the Starkville Regional, MSU swept Stanford in the Super Regional to reach Omaha.
Elijah MacNamee is no longer allowed to openly admire his super regional handiwork -- at least not until his team's run in College World Series is complete.
Redshirt junior Ethan Small was named the National Pitcher of the Year by the College Baseball Foundation as a number of awards were shelled out to varying Mississippi State players Wednesday.
Mississippi State baseball commit Blayze Berry continues to shine in summer league as he anchored Team Mississippi to the Junior Sunbelt Classic Championship in McAlester, Oklahoma Wednesday night.
Freshman pitcher JT Ginn was named the National Freshman of the Year by the Perfect Game college baseball publication Tuesday night.
Mississippi State junior Dustin Skelton and Stanford's Christian Robinson traded words during one of the Bulldogs' two NCAA baseball super regional wins over Stanford over the weekend.
Mississippi State baseball is headed to its second-straight College World Series after downing Stanford in Sunday night's Game 2 of the Starkville Super Regional.
Mississippi State's 8-1 victory over Stanford in game two of the Starkville Super Regional Sunday read like a poem. It ended with the Bulldogs punching their ticket to the College World Series for the second year in a row. The opening stanza featured junior catcher Dustin Skelton.
Strolling off the mound in the seventh inning of Sunday's 8-1 win over Stanford in game two of the Starkville Super Regional, senior starting pitcher Peyton Plumlee looked to his left and then to his right.
Mississippi State's baseball team is headed back to Omaha, Nebraska.
STARKVILLE -- Dustin Skelton had a battle on his hands.
The Starkville Super Regional is set. With No. 11 national seed Stanford (45-12) and No. 6 national seed Mississippi State (49-13) set for Game 1 of the NCAA tournament's Starkville Super Regional at 2 p.m. Saturday (ESPN2), this breakdown of the Stanford pitching staff serves as the final installment of a position-by-position breakdown of the Cardinal.
The Mississippi State baseball team was riding high following a series sweep against Georgia in late April.
The Bulldogs had just scored 34 runs against the No. 3 team in the country. But while the offense thrived, the bullpen faltered.
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