The 2021 College World Series went the distance, and it ended with the Mississippi State Bulldogs leaving no doubt of their superiority in a dominating 9-0 victory in Game 3 over the Vanderbilt Commodores that clinched MSU’s first ever baseball national championship.
In an all-SEC showdown in the championship series, Mississippi State defied the odds with their backs against the wall and clawed back into the series. After dropping Game 1 to Vanderbilt, the Bulldogs crushed the ‘Dores in each of the final two games, winning by a combined margin of 22-2.
Mississippi State’s stellar pitching paved the way throughout Wednesday’s decisive match, with standout pitcher Will Bednar throwing a no-hitter through six innings before giving up the ball to the bullpen. Bednar pitched over 18 innings in Omaha, with 26 strikeouts, only five hits and three runs given.
Vanderbilt’s pitching staff couldn’t keep up, as the Bulldogs got on the scoreboard in the first inning and didn’t look back. Timely hits throughout the second and fifth innings pushed MSU’s lead out to an unreachable point, and it was only a matter of time until the Bulldogs stormed the field as national champions.
It’s a special championship for Mississippi State athletics fans everywhere, with the first baseball ‘chip in school history. Fans, students and alumni need to ring it in with the official locker room merch worn on the field by players and coaches.