Blog – Pregame: No. 7 Mississippi State vs. No. 6 UCLA, College World Series championship series (with video)

Records: MSU (51-19), UCLA (48-17)

First Pitch: 7 p.m.


Stadium: TD Ameritrade

Pitching matchup: MSU senior LHP Luis Pollorena (6-3, 4.32) vs. UCLA junior RHP Nick Vander Tuig (13-4, 2.31 ERA)

MSU lineup: Frazier SS, Detz DH, Renfroe RF, Pirtle 2B, Rea 1B, Bradford CF, Frost 3B, Ammirati C, Henderson LF

UCLA lineup: Carroll CF, Kramer 3B, Filia RF, Valaika SS, Gallagher 1B, Williams DH, Zeile C, Regis 2B, Allen LF

Umpires: HP: Joe Burleson, 1B: Steve Mattingly, 2B: Billy Jo Speck, 3B: David Savage

Pregame song(s): 

Two Tickets to Paradise by Eddie Money

The One I Loved Back Then by George Jones

No reason in particular for these songs. I head the Eddie Money in Five Guys this afternoon while eating lunch. You can never go wrong with George. We have stumbled across an oldies country radio station here in Omaha. It has been great and this song has been played several times. Nothing beats “hotter than a two dollar pistol.” I hope you enjoy.

One big thing to watch: Desperation: MSU needs a win to keep their season alive. A loss to the Bruins would end the season and UCLA would be crowned national champions. If MSU were to win, the if necessary game three will be played tomorrow.


Head coach John Cohen

Sophomore 1B Wes Rea

Senior LHP Chad Girodo

Junior 2B Brett Pirtle

Game one recap: Late-inning magic runs out on MSU with loss to UCLA


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