OMAHA, Neb. -- All was pointing up for Jordan Westburg as the middle of May approached. His batting average was on the rise, as was his playing time, and as was his Mississippi State baseball team's chances at a postseason bid.
OMAHA, Neb. -- A moment three years in the making was a lot for Konnor Pilkington to handle and it took him some time to find that handle. Once he found it, he finally did what he's wanted to do for three years: win at the College World Series.
OMAHA, Neb. -- The man behind the Rally Banana helped move the Mississippi State baseball team one win from the national championship series. Jordan Westburg had a grand slam and a bases-clearing double Tuesday to lead MSU to a 12-2 victory against North Carolina at TD Ameritrade Park.
DUBOIS, Pa. -- Mississippi University for Women's Damain Benefield and Cara Hopper were named to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Small College World Series All-Tournament teams for their performances last month.
OMAHA, Neb. -- Consistent contact was on Jake Gautreau's mind when he suggested moving left fielder Rowdey Jordan to the No. 2 spot in the Mississippi State baseball team's lineup.
OMAHA, Neb. -- Baseball isn't easy. Luke Alexander made peace with that fact in May when his batting average dropped from .222 to .207.
OMAHA, Neb. -- The North Carolina baseball program is taking on the age of data. The Tar Heels have embraced the analytical age of by shifting its defensive alignments based on the tendencies of hitters. Major League Baseball teams have taken to shifting defenders more than ever thanks in part to analysis of where players hit the ball. North Carolina has followed suit, as evidenced Saturday in its 8-6 victory against Oregon State in Game 1 of the College World Series. The Tar Heels shifted several times against the Beavers.
OMAHA, Neb. -- The beauty of the day between each game of the double elimination portion of the College World Series is the rest time built in for pitching staffs. North Carolina won't feel that benefit for a while.
OMAHA, Neb. -- Luke Alexander is capable of delivering a big hit against an opponent other than Ole Miss. On Saturday, Alexander's double scored second baseman Hunter Stovall from second base in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Mississippi State baseball team to a 1-0 victory against Washington in Game 2 of the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park.
OMAHA, Neb. -- Van Johnson knows the feeling of being dead in the water. Johnson also knows the feeling of rising above it, which means he can relate to every step the members of the Mississippi State baseball team have taken this season on the road to the College World Series.
OMAHA, Neb. -- Mississippi State interim baseball coach Gary Henderson was named Saturday the National College Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Coach of the Year.
STARKVILLE -- Cole Gordon has had plenty of frustrating moments. The junior pitcher from Tampa could have fallen into an extended rut after his earned run average climbed above 6.00 following an outing in which he surrendered five earned runs in 1 1/3 innings in a 10-1 loss to Vanderbilt on March 17.
STARKVILLE -- There is no reason to sugarcoat things now, so Zach Neff won't: his numbers at Austin Peay were not good.
STARKVILLE -- Gary Henderson doesn't project any regional bias to play out in the College World Series.
STARKVILLE -- A familiar face is returning to the Mississippi State women's basketball sideline, as Elena Lovato is re-joining the program as assistant coach.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jake Mangum delayed his dream of playing professional baseball for an opportunity to play in the College World Series. When the Mississippi State junior center fielder finally secured a trip to Omaha, Nebraska, early Monday morning, Mangum couldn't believe it.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jake Mangum, Luke Alexander, and Keegan James played key roles in the Mississippi State baseball team's biggest victory of the season.
The details will never be lost on Gary Henderson.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Mississippi State baseball team is going back to Omaha. Tanner Allen had an RBI double and Luke Alexander added a two-run bloop single to right field in a four-run 11th inning early Monday morning to lead MSU to a 10-6 victory against Vanderbilt in Game 3 of the NCAA tournament Nashville Super Regional at Hawkins Field. MSU (37-27) will face Washington, which defeated Cal State Fullerton 6-5 in walk-off fashion in the 10th inning, in its first game of the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. The time and date for the game will be announced. The Bulldogs secured the first of three berths in the College World Series for the Southeastern Conference. Auburn will take on Florida and South Carolina will face Arkansas on Monday in Game 3 of those best-of-three Super Regionals.
NASHVILLE -- Vanderbilt repaid the favor.
1. Westburg powers MSU past North Carolina COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Berkery adds former MLB pitcher Oswalt to staff at Starkville Academy HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS