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Mississippi State advances to Super Regional

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For the 3rd straight season, Mississippi State is headed to a Super Regional.

After dropping their first game of the Tallahassee Regional, MSU showed the same fight they showed all season long to win four straight and move on, capped off by today’s 8-1 win over Oklahoma.

The Bulldogs bats were able to deliver the final dagger to the Sooners in the 9th with 4-runs to extend their lead, but it was the work of starter JP France that set the tone for MSU. Against an offense that put up 20 runs on MSU on Friday, France took the mound and delivered a nearly flawless performance. The right-hander pitched 7.0 innings and allowed just 2 hits and 1 run before Riley Self came in to close things out.

The Sooners did score first, but that’s all they would muster in this one. The Bulldogs first couple of runs came in the 4th on a 2-RBI double from Justin Foscue. A Rowdey Jordan RBI in the 5th made it 3-1. Neither team would find any offense until MSU got another run in the 8th ahead of their explosive final frame.

In the 9th, Jordan Westerburg drove in 2 runs with a base hit, and Jake Mangum took OU’s Austin Hansen deep for a 2-run HR that made it 8-1.

After a regional where MSU got blown out on Friday, walked-off to win on Saturday, avoided elimination twice on Sunday, and won the whole thing on Monday, it seems that these Bulldogs could be ready to shake up the NCAA Tournament.

MSU will face Vanderbilt in their Super Regional matchup.

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