Mississippi State 1, Washington 0, college baseball final

For Starkville Daily News

On the game’s biggest stage, it was only fitting the Mississippi State baseball team kept conducting business as usual Saturday night.

Luke Alexander had his third walk-off hit of the season as the OmaDawgs opened the College World Series with a win over Washington before a crowd of 24,758 at TD Ameritrade Park.

The Bulldogs now own a walk-off win in regional, super regional and world series play.

In Monday night’s winner’s bracket matchup, MSU (38-27) will face North Carolina (44-18) at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN. The winner there will be the last undefeated team on this side of the bracket.

“It is pretty much what we have done throughout the postseason,” MSU assistant coach Jake Gautreau said. “We hit a lot of balls hard throughout the game. We only struck out twice. Their defense is really outstanding. We were just able to get the big hit when we needed it the most.”

For more on the game, see Sunday's Starkville Daily News.