For the first time since they arrived to Tallahassee Oklahoma walked off the field having lost a game. Mississippi State worked their way back from the loser’s bracket, eliminating Florida State and Samford, to pound the Sooners 13-5. Still though OU is just one win away from advancing to a Super Regional.
Thanks to a 20-10 win over the Bulldogs on Friday and a 4-0 shutout of Samford on Saturday, the Sooners found themselves in the driver’s seat for the Tallahassee Regional Championship. All they had to do is win once, while Mississippi State needs to beat them twice. Basically that makes Sunday’s game a mulligan because OU gets a do-over on Monday.
It was a pretty big mulligan though. MSU racked up 13 runs, off 14 hits, while producing an 8-run third inning and a 4-run seventh. Jake Mangum and Rowdey Jordan each had a 3 hit/2 RBI game, with Jordan taking Oklahoma starter Devon Perez deep in the second inning for a 2-run blast.
Perez was chased from the game in the third inning after giving up seven runs on eight hits. The loss drops his season record to below .500 at 5-6.
Oklahoma and Mississippi State will face off against Monday at noon CT. The winner will advance to take on Vanderbilt in the NCAA Super Regional.