Mississippi State shuts out Vanderbilt in Game 3 to win College World Series for first time

For the first time in program history, Mississippi State fans can ring cowbells with a ring on their finger.

Mississippi State won the College World Series on Wednesday night, defeating Vanderbilt 9-0 in Game 3 to bring home the first team sport national championship in school history. This College World Series win is Mississippi State’s first in 12 trips and makes MSU the seventh current member of the SEC to win a College World Series.

“You lose the first game of this series, and you’re sitting there and you know how bad our community, our school, our program wants this trophy,” Mississippi State coach Chris Lemonis said. “We talked about it Saturday night, how it wouldn’t be easy. When you’re going to do something legendary for the first time, it’s going to be tough. It’s pretty surreal right now. But the reason we are champions right now is we’re tough.”

The Bulldogs (50-18) controlled the game from the jump. Mississippi State tagged Vanderbilt (49-18) ace Kumar Rocker for three runs on two hits, two walks and an error in the first two innings to build a 3-0 lead.

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