The following was originally published on hailstate.com.
STARKVILLE, Miss. – His third victory on a Monday in 2021 was the sweetest of all, as Mississippi State’s No.3 baseball program won their 12th trip to the College World Series with an 11-7 victory over No.3 4 Notre Dame packed Dudy Noble Field in the Starkville Super Regional.
The nation’s longest active streak of College World Series appearances reaches three, making the State of Mississippi one of 10 programs to upgrade to at least three consecutive CWS since the Super Regional format began in 1999. That’s the first time in the history of the program that MSU has achieved three consecutive College World Series.
11,754 people were packed at Dudy Noble Field on Monday night, the stadium’s third crowd of over 11,000 during the Starkville Super Regional. Attendance in the Dude Series totaled 40,140, setting the NCAA record for largest crowd in a three-game campus streak. Mississippi State (45-16) scored in each of the first five innings, with a single run in the first, followed by a second inning of six runs. One more in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth helped MSU take an 11-5 lead. Notre Dame (34-13) added two more runs in the seventh to make it 11-7 and put two runners on base with an out in the ninth, before State threw a double play to end the game.
Eight of the nine starters generated at least one RBI in the game and seven hits were collected. Five Diamond Dawgs posted multi-hit matches, with Tanner Allen, Brad Cumbest, Scotty Dubrule, Kamren James and Logan Tanner each recording two hits. Tanner produced three RBIs, including his 14th home run of the season.
Allen hit his 10th home run of the year, scored two runs and produced two RBIs. With Allen hitting the 10 home run mark, this is the first Mississippi State team to have five double-digit hitters on home runs in the same season.
Houston Harding took the start and pitched four two-run innings in the no-decision. He took out four and walked two, before handing the ball to Stone Simmons and finally Landon Sims (3-0). Sims took the win with four innings and two runs allowed, as well as four strikeouts. Simmons also struck out two strikeouts in his lone inning of work to give Mississippi State its 48th game in 61 tries with at least 10 strikeouts.
For Notre Dame, Ryan Cole, Niko Kavadas and Carter Putz each had two RBIs in the game, with Cole and Spencer Myers each with three hits. Will Mercer (4-3) was defeated at the start with four runs – three earned – awarded on three hits and two walks.
Head Coach Chris Lemonis
On the culture he’s trying to build
CL: Well, it was here when we got here. Obviously, when you decide to go to the state of Mississippi, you go to a program where that’s the aspiration. That’s why we have the stadium that we do, the fan base that we do. Our goal was to move it forward and to move it forward. What is good is that all these young players in the program at the moment have lived it and they want it. It continues to grow and raises expectations. This is why I am grateful that Tanner [Allen] and Rowdey [Jordan] decided to come back. I’m so happy for them, and last year around this time we didn’t know what they were going to do. Coming back and being able to go to Omaha for the third time with the park packed makes up for everything we lost last year.
Summary of scores
Ryan Cole hit a solo homerun to right field to score the game’s first point.
Notre Dame 1, Mississippi State 0
Rowdey Jordan hit an error and climbed to second on a Kamren James single before scoring on Luke Hancock’s RBI single.
Mississippi State 1, Notre-Dame 1
Brad Cumbest picked right field before two consecutive goals were awarded to Kellum Clark and Lane Forsythe to charge the goals. Jordan reached the fielder’s pick to tackle one and Tanner Allen’s sacrifice fly scored another for the Bulldogs. Jordan stole second place before scoring on James’ single in left field. Hancock walked and scored on Logan Tanner’s 3 RBI home run to take a significant lead early on.
Mississippi State 7, Notre-Dame 1
David LaManna doubled up in left field and scored on Spencer Myers’ RBI single.
Mississippi State 7, Notre-Dame 2
Allen hit his 10th home run of the season, a solo right center shot.
Mississippi State 8, Notre-Dame 2
Tanner doubled up in right field before Cumbest and Clark produced consecutive RBI doubles to tackle two.
Mississippi State 10, Notre-Dame 2
Myers single in right field and moved up to third on an error before scoring on Cole’s single in left field. Jared Miller walked and scored on Carter Putz 2-RBI double in left field.
Mississippi State 10, Notre-Dame 5
Allen doubled down in left field, advanced onto ground and scored on Scotty Dubrule’s single in the middle.
Mississippi State 11, Notre-Dame 5
Cole walked and scored on Niko Kavadas’ 2 RBI home run.
Mississippi State 11, Notre-Dame 7
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