The final stage of the college baseball season is here.
Starting Monday, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State will meet at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, Neb., In the College World Series Finals, with the Commodores seeking their third (and second straight) NCAA title and the Bulldogs in look for the first.
While their paths to this point were different, each school entered the NCAA baseball tournament as a top 10 team and as a regional host. Vanderbilt entered as the tournament’s No. 4 seed, while Mississippi State was the No. 7 seed.
Who is in the finals of the College World Series?
Vanderbilt entered the College World Series as the favorite to win at Omaha after SEC champion Arkansas was eliminated during the super regionals.
But the way the Commodores made it to the final series of the NCAA baseball tournament was far from standard.
Vanderbilt beat Stanford in the elimination group to reach the group final against NC State. He defeated a short-lived Wolfpack team 3-1 on Friday to force a decisive rematch. However, that second game was never played as the Wolfpacks were eliminated from the College World Series due to COVID issues, allowing Vanderbilt to advance to the finals.
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The Commodores then waited with the rest of the college baseball world Saturday to see who would come out of the other group. Texas and Mississippi State met for the third time in the tournament, and the Bulldogs advanced with a 4-3 victory.
The Bulldogs and No. 2 Longhorns took turns hitting each other before the group finale. The state of Mississippi won the opening match 2-1 to send Texas to the elimination group. The Longhorns struggled and then beat the Bulldogs 8-5 on Friday to force the decisive game on Saturday.
Mississippi State fell behind 3-1 in the fifth inning on Saturday, but then scored three unanswered runs to win the game and complete the upset. Tanner Leggett capped the rally with a single in the bottom of the ninth to lead Brayland Skinner.
How to watch the finals of the University World Series 2021?
- Date: June 28-30
- Location: TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska.
- TV channels: ESPN / ESPN2
- Live broadcast: ESPN + | fuboTV
ESPN will continue its coverage of the College World Series with the tournament finals. ESPN2 will have coverage of the first and third games (Game 3 is if necessary) while ESPN will broadcast the second game, which could decide a champion in the best-of-three series.
Viewers will also be able to stream the College World Series finals on ESPN + or fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.
College World Series schedule, scores
Monday June 28
|Vanderbilt vs. the State of Mississippi||7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)|
Tuesday June 29
|Vanderbilt vs. the State of Mississippi||7 p.m. ET (ESPN)|
Wednesday June 30
|Vanderbilt v. State of Mississippi (if necessary)||7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.