Four coaches in four years? No problem for Mississippi State baseball.
In the same amount of time that the Bulldogs have changed head coaches since 2016, they’ve been able to be the only team in the country to get to four-straight Super Regionals. That feat was eclipsed on Sunday night when the Bulldogs took down Miami in the Starkville Regional Final 5-2. The win sealed off a perfect weekend for the Bulldogs as they beat Southern, Central Michigan and Miami in consecutive nights to win its fourth-straight Regional Championship.
Senior outfielder Jake Mangum has been the one constant during that run having played in all four Supers during his career.
“It took a team effort all four years,” Mangum said of the Super Regional streak. “It’s been a crazy four years. It’s awesome and I’d love to keep going and stay hot.”
In the victory, the Bulldogs used clutch hitting in the third and eighth innings to take the game from Miami on Sunday. Mangum started the rallies both times and broke out of a slump that had him 4-of-45 in the last 10 games and hitless in the last four games. The All-American had three hits in the contest. He became the first player in the history of MSU baseball to have two 100-hit seasons in his career.
The Bulldogs also had two hits and two RBI from Jordan Westburg with a big hit in the eighth to drive in two runs and give MSU a three-run lead. The biggest plays came from MSU’s defense as they got them out of three jams with double plays, the last in the eighth with the bases loaded and one out.
MSU had several players named to the All-Regional team with Dustin Skelton, Tanner Allen, Justin Foscue, Rowdey Jordan, Josh Hatcher, Ethan Small. Jordan was named the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament.
Along with it being four-straight Super Regional berths, MSU has now been to nine Super Regionals in the 21-year stretch that they’ve been instituted by the NCAA. MSU was advanced to the College World Series from those Super Regionals three times.
It won’t be known until Monday who the Bulldogs will play or when that series will start. They’re paired with Stanford and Fresno State who were still playing an elimination game on Sunday night at game's end in Palo Alto, Calif. Game one in Starkville will be either Friday or Saturday.