You ever heard of Deja Vu? Well, Texas could be seeing that this week against at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.
The No. 2 Longhorns are set to battle against the No. 7 Mississippi State Bulldogs to open the College World Series on Sunday, June 20. The first pitch is expected to be scheduled for 6:00 p.m., with the game being broadcasted on ESPN2.
Texas (47-15) went a perfect 5-0 in Austin during the regionals and super regionals. Needing a walk-off double from left fielder Eric Kennedy last Saturday, the Longhorns closed its series against South Florida behind strong plate discipline and the arm of Tristan Stevens.
Mississippi State (45-16) remained undefeated through the Starkville Regional before facing Notre Dame. After picking up a 9-8 win on Saturday, the Bulldogs were clobbered by the Irish bats, 9-1, forcing a Monday-clinching Game 3.
The Bulldogs built a comfy 10-2 lead through the first four frames thanks to a three-run home run from freshman catcher Logan Tanner. Despite a close comeback. Mississippi State clinched an 11-7 victory, returning to Omaha for what could be considered the fifth consecutive time.
Sunday will mark the second meeting of the two schools during the 2021 season following the season-opener in Arlington at Globe Life Field. The Bulldogs defeated the Longhorns 8-3 on Feb. 20, leading to a three-game losing streak against all SEC opponents.
For the season, Texas has gone 3-6 against the Southeastern Conference, being outscored 27-19. The loser will face the losing team in Bracket 2 between No. 3 Tennessee and Virginia.
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Bracket 1 includes No. 4 Vanderbilt, No. 5 Arizona, No. 9 Stanford, and North Carolina State, who pulled off the impressive upset over No. 1 Arkansas in Fayetteville on Sunday.
Here's is the initial schedule for College World Series starting on June 19.
Sat. June 19
1 p.m. NC State vs. No. 9 Stanford
6 p.m. No. 5 Arizona vs. No. 4 Vanderbilt
Sun. June 20
1 p.m. Virginia vs. No. 3 Tennessee
6 p.m. No. 7 Mississippi State vs. No. 2 Texas
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