Kevin Kugler was on the Westwood radio show, one of Wednesday’s University World Series Finals games between Mississippi State and Vanderbilt Baseball.
Kugler called the moment when the State of Mississippi won the national championship.
Mississippi State third baseman Kamren James lined up a ball put into play by Parker Noland of Vanderbilt, and James pitched first baseman Luke Hancock for the final elimination.
“Noland grabs the third base line at James, toss it through the diamond, he got it,” Kugler said. “And it took 126 years, but damn, Mississippi State finally has a national title. The first team title in any sport in school history. Mississippi State defeats defending National Champion Vanderbilt Commodores 9-0 with the fifth combined hit in CFS history to claim the crown. “
Mississippi State starting pitcher Will Bednar pitched six clean innings to start the game. Landon Sims pitched the last three innings and allowed a hit.
On the Mississippi State Local Radio Show, Jim Ellis made the call when the State of Mississippi recorded the final.
“A bunt to the third baseman and I’m going to beat him, no they say he’s out,” Ellis said. “Tight game. The referee said. I’ll take it. We win it. Like all brown and white all over the world, let’s celebrate a national championship for the ball club that is so tough, had a great streak playoff, never had the slightest doubt in their minds that they could do it. If anyone doubted them, they did. A bunch of dogs in front of the mound here at Ameritrade Park celebrating what the people from the state of Mississippi have been waiting for a long time. “
Mississippi State improved to 50-18 overall. Vanderbilt finished the season 49-18 overall.
After Wednesday, Mississippi State leads Vanderbilt in the 74-53-2 all-time series.
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Chris Lemonis is the Mississippi State Baseball Head Coach. Tim Corbin is Vanderbilt’s head baseball coach.
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