Omaha, Nep. – Will Bedner and London Sims joined in a hitter, Mississippi State scored early and built on its lead, and the Bulldogs won their first National Championship, 9-0 against Vanderbilt in the decisive third game of the College World Series final Wednesday night.
Bedner, who worked three days off, walked three of the first five batters he faced before retiring for 15 in a row. He turned the game closer to the Bulldogs star to start the seventh game, and the cart broke the no-hitter when Carter Young singled in the center field with an out in the eighth.
It was the first winner at CWS since 2014, and could be seen at DD Amritrate Park across the city of Starkville, Mississippi.
When third paceman Camren James first threw for the final out, the Bulldogs’ dig was empty and about 100 fans jumped from the stand to celebrate as Josh Hatcher waved a national championship flag at the infield. The players then walked the warning path, reaching more than five fans.
“I kept telling our guys that our dream was to finally win it, I was going to jump on the puppy, so I didn’t think they were very happy about it,” said Mississippi State Coach Chris Lemonis. “But it means everything to us. Our fans, our players, our management. A great night for the state of Mississippi.”
Bedner (9-1), in his Omaha debut against Texas on June 20, had the most number of 25 strikeouts in 25 years, dropping four against Vandy (49-18) and was declared CWS Outstanding Player.
“There’s nothing close in my life so far,” Bedner said. “This is the best thing ever.”
Bedner said he “goes out and pulls like any other game.”
The national championship was the first in a team game for the state of Mississippi (50-18), which came in the Bulldogs’ 12th CWS appearance. Only Florida State (23) and Clemson (12) have gone to Omaha multiple times without winning a title.
“It’s awesome,” Lemanis said. “To all these kids, to all the players who came before us and to these fans. It’s incredible.”
Tanner and Clarke were outscored by four runs in the seventh inning, and Vanderbilt did not reach the game against offense, which managed only seven wins and three runs in the final 25 innings.
Mississippi State beat Vanderbuild starter Kumar Rocker (14-4) in fifth place. Four of the first five batsmen in the innings were singles, and the Rocker went out 5-0 with his team.
“I personally left it all there,” Rocker said. “Before the season started, I wanted these youngsters to enjoy exactly what I was enjoying. We got a game for it, but that’s part of it.”
This is the second time in three CWS launches that the planned Top-10 draft selection has not been his best because he had more trembling defense behind him. The Commodore made six errors in the second and third games of the final and 13 errors in seven CWS games. The Bulldogs were flawless in their seven games.
The Wednesday game has been a CWS since its inception in 1947. Finished. CWS was absent last year due to a corona virus outbreak, and despite TV Ameritrate Park having full fan capacity, Covit-19 was never on the mind when the event returned.
Positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracking left the state of North Carolina, losing 3-1 to Vanderbilt last Friday. That night, a total of eight players tested positive, prompting the NCAA to remove Wolfgang from the tournament due to COVID-19 protocols.
The second bracket between NC State and Wandy was announced as the final, and the Commodores advanced to the final, trying for a second straight title and a third time since 2014.
After scoring seven runs in the first inning they beat the opener 8-2, but they didn’t do much for the rest of the series.
Mississippi State won Game 2 13-2, and then, thanks to Bedner, won its title.
The 1985 Bulldogs were still in talks with future major league greats Will Clark and Rafael Palmeiro as it was a 36-year-old, and teams that did not win a CWS were better, not better.
The ’85 team won its first two games in Omaha, then dropped two games in a row. The next four Mississippi state teams that make up the CWS have not won more than one game in the tournament.
The 2013 Bulldogs came out on top, were knocked out by UCLA and scored just one run in two games. The 2018 team did not put up much of a fight in the bracket final against the state of Oregon, and the 2019 team took a ninth-innings lead in the elimination game against Louisville.
The symbol of this team is Power Pitching. The Bulldogs set a Division I record with 817 strikeouts, with Bedner leading the way with 139, and Sims excelled from Bulban. Both have a CWS-record 21kg against Texas.
Tanner Allen, the SEC player of the year, was consistent, and the Bulldogs won the CWS. Gained contributions up and down the line while staying in – Ellen Inn, Kellen Clark knocked down Virginia’s Griff McCurry to break a winner late. -Com Defensive Replacement Tanner Leggett took a five-inning star relief in the Bracket Final or Preston Johnson Final Game 2 against Texas.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.