STARKVILLE -- The twists and turns of a baseball season can prevent teams from reaching their goals, while others can turn a once bleak situation into an unexpected postseason run.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With a two-run lead in the seventh inning Sunday, Mississippi State second baseman Nick Vickerson could smell the midwest breeze of Omaha, Neb. Then, much like Vickerson did Saturday, the University of Florida baseball team changed the game with one swing. Preston Tucker's three-run home run helped Florida regain the lead and send it to an 8-6 win in Game 3 of the NCAA tournament's Gainesville Super Regional.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- At the beginning of the season, no one anticipated the Mississippi State baseball team coming within nine outs of making it to the College World Series.
WEST POINT -- Clay Homan played the teacher. Despite struggling Sunday for most of the final round of the Mississippi State Amateur Championship, Homan kept swinging until his shots -- or his luck -- improved.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore announced Sunday afternoon that softball coach Patrick Murphy has returned to the school as head coach after leaving Thursday to take the job as head softball coach at LSU. Murphy contacted LSU officials Sunday to let them know he had decided not to accept the job, and Moore accepted Murphy's request to return to Alabama when the coach contacted him Sunday.
NCAA Super Regional at Gainesville Game 3 of best-of-three series Florida 8, MSU 6 Florida clinches College World Series for second straight year ---Florida hits a season-high five home runs against the Bulldogs ---All of Florida's runs come via the long ball ---MSU uses eight pitchers after starting pitcher Luis Pollorena is pulled at the beginning of the third.
---NCAA Super Regional at Gainesville Mississippi State (38-24, Swept Atlanta Regional) vs. Florida (49-17, Swept Gainesville Regional) Florida won game 1, 11-1; Mississippi State won Game 2, 4-3 Winner of today's game earned a College World Series berth Florida is shooting for second-straight CWS berth Mississippi State is looking to reach CWS for ninth time and first since 2007 ---Game time (Noon CDT) Broadcast: ESPN
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Nick Vickerson wanted the chance to be a postseason hero. The scenario was there Saturday in the Gainesville Super Regional: bottom of the ninth with one runner on and a one-run deficit. With his first pitch from University of Florida reliever Steven Rodriguez, Vickerson hit a two-run, walkoff home run to left field to lift the Mississippi State baseball team to a 4-3 win.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Caleb Reed has something you don't know about: A changeup. The Mississippi State closer has tinkered with the pitch throughout the season, but there hasn't been a rush to get the pitch into his arsenal during his breakout junior year.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Luis Pollorena has had to sit in the dugout this weekend and wait for his shot at the University of Florida during the Super Regional. He didn't draw either of the starts in the first two games and didn't make a relief appearance. Today, his wait will end when the sophomore left-hander will start Game 3 for a shot to send the Mississippi State baseball team to the College World Series.
WEST POINT -- Now that Nicholas Brown has the lead all to himself, his goal today in the final round of the Mississippi State Amateur Championship is to keep it. If Brown repeats his performance Saturday, which saw him finish with a 4-under par 68 -- the best round of the day at Old Waverly Golf Club -- he could earn his first championship at the annual event in four tries.
WEST POINT -- To Barrett Edens, beating his college coach this weekend is nearly as important as winning the Mississippi State Amateur Championship. "It makes you try a little harder," said Edens, who will be a redshirt freshman this fall at Mississippi State. His coach, Clay Homan, is tied for second with Alex Rowland -- another Bulldog golfer -- entering today's final round at Old Waverly Golf Course.
NCAA Super Regional at Gainesville Game 2 of best-of-three series MSU 4, Florida 3 Game 3 tomorrow at noon CT (ESPN) ---Nick Vickerson delivers two-run walk-off home run on first pitch from Steven Rodriguez in bottom of ninth. He went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs. ---Vickerson had MSU's last home run, which came against Florida in the SEC tournament. He has 18 extra-base hits in last 22. ---Gators lose first NCAA tournament game of postseason ---MSU's postseason run continues with 4-1 record
---NCA Super Regional at Gainesville Mississippi State (37-24, Swept Atlanta Regional) vs. Florida (49-16, Swept Gainesville Regional) Florida won Game 1, 11-1 and can clinch a spot in the College World Series with a win today Game time (11 a.m. CDT) Broadcast: ESPN
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Evan Mitchell's hot-hand turned ice cold Friday against the Florida Gators. The Mississippi State freshman right-hander had the worst start of his career in the opening game of the NCAA Super Regional at Gainesville, giving up seven earned runs on five hits in just two innings of work in MSU's 11-1 loss to Florida. Mitchell walked two and struck out three on 43 pitches.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Mississippi State baseball team entered its NCAA Super Regional series against Florida brimming with confidence. Even though they'd lost three of four against the No. 2-ranked Gators, a pair of two-run defeats to Florida and a flawless regional round against the Gators gave players and coaches the sense that there wasn't much separating the two teams -- if they played a perfect game. Friday, after an 11-1 loss that mirrored some of MSU's uglier defeats this season, the Bulldogs find themselves one loss away from their season ending.
NCAA Super Regional at Gainesville Game 1 of best-of-three series Florida 11, MSU 1 ---Gators have 1-0 series lead heading into Saturday's noon (CDT) start ---Gators are undefeated in postseason play and have outscored opponents 34-1 in the first three innings of NCAA games. ---MSU tied its third-worst loss of the season (fell 17-1 to LSU and 18-0 and 10-0 to Vanderbilt) ---Bulldogs' lowest run total since losing 17-1 to LSU on May 19. ---MSU held to one run or less for the ninth time this season
---NCAA Super Regional at Gainesville Mississippi State (37-23, Swept Atlanta regional) vs. Florida (48-16, Swept Gainesville regional) Game time (11 a.m. CDT) Broadcast: ESPN2 Florida won three of four games against the Bulldogs this season, including a come-from-behind 7-5 win in the SEC tournament. Two of MSU's losses to Florida have come by two runs.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Jaron Shepherd could have the biggest spotlight of any Mississippi State baseball player during the Bulldogs' NCAA Super Regional against the University of Florida. The senior outfielder is bound to get a workout in right field against as many as five left-handed hitters in Florida's potent lineup, which MSU coach John Cohen calls "the best in the nation."
STARKVILLE -- It's easy to say the Mississippi State baseball team is as confident as it's been this season.
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