Updated Sunday, June 25, 7 a.m. ET
OMAHA, Neb. – Mississippi State’s Tanner Leggett came into Saturday night’s game with Texas as a defensive replacement, but he won the game with his bat, driving in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Bulldogs a 4-3 walk-off win over Texas.
“The best moment of my life for sure, but I knew walking up to the plate that I was going to do it,” Leggett said. “I just said a little prayer to the sky and I felt God with me.”
With the win, Mississippi State advance to the College World Series finals, where they will meet SEC rival Vanderbilt in a best-of-three series starting on Monday night.
Vanderbilt advanced to the finals early Saturday when N.C. State was sent home after COVID-19 issues inside the Wolfpack program, and their game was called a no-contest.
The NCAA announced the decision to send N.C. State home early Saturday morning.
“The NCAA Division I Baseball Committee has declared the Vanderbilt-NC State Men’s College World Series game scheduled for Saturday, June 26 at 1 p.m. Central time a no-contest because of COVID-19 protocols. This decision was made based on the recommendation of the Championship Medical Team and the Douglas County Health Department. As a result, Vanderbilt will advance to the CWS Finals. The NCAA and the committee regret that NC State’s student-athletes and coaching staff will not be able to continue in the championship in which they earned the right to participate. Because of privacy issues, we cannot provide further details.”
Mississippi State and Vanderbilt played a three-game series in Nashville during the regular season, with the Commodores taking two of three games.
The tournament has gone through different formats through the years, and now the field is divided into two four-team groups, with the winner of each group surviving a double-elimination format. The two survivors will then go head-to-head in a best two-of-three series, starting on Monday, June 28.
Here is the schedule for the 2021 College World Series:
Saturday, June 19Game 1: N.C. State 10, No. 9 Stanford 4 Game 2: No. 4 Vanderbilt 7, No. 5 Arizona 6, 12 innings Sunday, June 20Game 3: Virginia 6, No. 3 Tennessee 0 Game 4: No. 7 Mississippi State 2, No. 2 Texas 1Monday, June 21Game 5: Stanford 14, Arizona 5 (Arizona eliminated)Game 6: N.C. State 1, Vanderbilt 0Tuesday, June 22Game 7: Texas 8, Tennessee 4 (Tennessee eliminated)Game 8: Mississippi State 6, Virginia 5Wednesday, June 23Game 9: Vanderbilt 6, Stanford 5 (Stanford eliminated)Thursday, June 24Game 10: Texas 6, Virginia 2 (Virginia eliminated)Friday, June 25Game 11: Vanderbilt 3, N.C. State 1 Game 12: Texas 8, Mississippi State 5Saturday, June 26Game 13: N.C. State (37-19) vs, Vanderbilt (48-16), ruled no contest. (N.C. State eliminated due to COVID-19 protocols)Game 14: Mississippi State 4, Texas 3 (Texas eliminated)Monday, June 28 CWS Finals (Best-of-3 series)Game 1: Vanderbilt (48-16) vs. Mississippi State (48-17), 7 p.m. ET, (TV: ESPN2)Tuesday, June 29CWS Finals (Best-of-3 series)Game 2: Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi State, 7 p.m. ET, (TV: ESPN2)Wednesday, June 30CWS Finals (Best-of-3 series)Game 3: Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi State, 7 p.m. ET, if necessary (TV: ESPN2)Regional, Super Regional resultsFor a complete look back on all of the regional and Super Regional scores over the past two weeks, CLICK HERE