Mississippi State beats Vanderbilt for 1st national title in school history
Mississippi State captured its first national title in school history by beating Vanderbilt 9-0 in the College World Series finals on Wednesday.
Pitching on three days rest, right-hander Will Bednar struck out four and walked three on 90 pitches through six innings before giving way to the bullpen. Landon Sims pitched three scoreless innings in relief but lost the no-hit bid in the eighth.
For his efforts, Bednar was named the College World Series Most Outstanding Player.
Center fielder Rowdey Jordan set the table by going 3-for-6 and scoring a pair of runs, as the Bulldogs gave Bednar a 5-0 lead through five innings.
Catcher Logan Tanner and designated hitter Kellum Clark each hit home runs in a four-run seventh inning to put the game out of reach.
Vanderbilt right-hander Kumar Rocker wasn't at his best, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks over 4 1/3 innings.
The Commodores won Game 1 on Monday before Tuesday's 13-2 beatdown and Wednesday's equally lopsided finale preventing Vanderbilt from back-to-back titles.
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