Notre Dame beats Mississippi State baseball, forces Game 3 with College World Series berth on the line
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State baseball will have to wait until Monday to try to punch a ticket to the College World Series for the third straight postseason.
The No. 7 seed Bulldogs lost to No. 10 Notre Dame 9-1 in Game 2 of the Starkville Super Regional on Sunday. Mississippi State (44-16) and Notre Dame (34-12) will play in a winner-takes-all Game 3 at 6 p.m. CT Monday.
Notre Dame junior starter Aidan Tyrell stymied the same Mississippi State batting order that scored nine runs in a Game 1 victory. Tyrell struck out six and gave up five hits in 7⅓ innings.
MSU third-year freshman Christian MacLeod, meanwhile, gave up seven runs — six earned — in five innings. Notre Dame junior shortstop Zack Prajzner had another solid day at the plate in going 3-for-4 with two RBIs. He went 3-for-4 with four RBIs in Game 1.
Mississippi State scored its only run in the first inning. Senior center fielder Rowdey Jordan led off with a triple, and senior right fielder Tanner Allen drove him home on a sacrifice fly on the next pitch.
Notre Dame scored early and often. The Irish are one win away from their third College World Series appearance. Mississippi State can get to Omaha for the 12th time with a Game 3 win.