Headed back to Omaha: Bulldogs earn second straight-trip to College World Series

 

Mississippi State University baseball players celebrate after beating Stanford in the Starkville Super Regional on Sunday. The Bulldogs have qualified for the College World Series for the second-straight year.

Mississippi State University baseball players celebrate after beating Stanford in the Starkville Super Regional on Sunday. The Bulldogs have qualified for the College World Series for the second-straight year. Photo by: Chris McDill/Special to The Dispatch

 

Ben Portnoy

 

 

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's baseball team is headed back to Omaha, Nebraska. 

 

For the second time in as many years, MSU (51-13) will play in the College World Series after dispatching of Stanford (45-14) by an 8-1 score Sunday night at Dudy Noble Field in Game 2 of the Starkville Super Regional. 

 

The Bulldogs' win gave the hosts a series sweep after taking down the Cardinal 6-2 on Saturday. 

 

Junior catcher Dustin Skelton led the offensive charge with a 2-for-4, three-RBI night. Skelton's three-run triple off the top of the right-center field wall in the third inning broke a 1-1 tie and put MSU ahead for good. 

 

Senior outfielder Elijah MacNamee notched a storybook ending to his final game at Dudy Noble with a three-run, ninth-inning home run. 

 

On the mound, senior starter Peyton Plumlee threw 6 2/3 innings, allowing just one run on two-hits. Plumlee's six strikeouts were his second-highest single-game total of the season. 

 

Seniors Jared Liebelt and Cole Gordon closed things out in relief of Plumlee, combining for 2 1/3 innings of two-hit ball. 

 

The victory gives MSU its 11th ever CWS appearance and third since 2013. 

 

The Bulldogs will face, in their Omaha opener, the winner of today's decisive Game 3 of the Chapel Hill Super Regional between No. 14 seed North Carolina (46-18) and Auburn (37-26). 

 

Joining MSU in its half of the bracket will also be Michigan and No. 2 seed Vanderbilt, both of whom advanced Sunday. The Commodores won two straight to stave off elimination against Duke, while Michigan knocked off overall No. 1 seed UCLA in a three-game super regional. 

 

CWS game times have yet to be announced.

 

Ben Portnoy reports on Mississippi State sports for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @bportnoy15.

 

 

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