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.
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.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Over the past two weeks, John Cohen has said freshman pitcher Evan Mitchell is the "hot hand." So it was no surprise when he officially names Mitchell the starting pitcher for Game 1 of Mississippi State's NCAA Super Regional against the Florida Gators. In all, Mitchell (6-1, 3.47 ERA) has pitched a total of eight innings against the Gators (five innings in a start in the SEC tournament and three innings of relief in the Starkville series ) and has given up four earned runs on nine hits. That kind of stat line in a start tomorrow would be a welcome sight against a lineup Cohen calls "the best in the country."
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- As the Florida baseball team's Friday starter, Hudson Randall isn't used to having bad starts. The sophomore right-hander, who was a freshman All-American last season, leads Florida's starters with a 2.38 ERA and is 9-3 on the season. There's one start he's still ruing over: his loss at Mississippi State.
STARKVILLE -- It's been a season of setbacks and diminished buzz for the Mississippi State men's track team.
STARKVILLE - Don't take the foot off the pedal.
STARKVILLE - To reach a NCAA Super Regional, freshmen must grow up over the course of the season. C.T. Bradford, one of several Mississippi State freshmen to contribute to MSU's turnaround season, is the only one to make an impact as an everyday player.
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The University of Mississippi and University of Alabama track and field teams will kick off competition at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships today.
STARKVILLE -- A year ago, Nick Routt wasn't sure if the elbow pain that derailed his sophomore season would ever cease. The Mississippi State left-hander had to have surgery to repair the ulnar nerve in his pitching elbow. His strikeout pitch, a screwball action changeup that required heavy pronation, was the cause of the pain.
The NCAA baseball tournament Super Regional between Southeastern Conference rivals University of Florida (48-16) and Mississippi State (37-23) at McKethan Stadium will begin at 11 a.m. Friday (ESPN2). The second game of the best-of-three series will be at 11 a.m. Saturday (ESPN). The third and deciding game will begin at noon Sunday (ESPN) if necessary.
ATLANTA -- The game plan worked to perfection. The flawless play that saw the Mississippi State baseball team advance to the title game of the NCAA tournament's Atlanta Regional continued Sunday, as MSU received its first complete-game of the season from left-hander Nick Routt and another early barrage of runs that led to a 7-3 win against Georgia Tech.
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