BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Dawgs will be barking in the College World Series championship.
Hunter Renfroe ripped a three-run home run, and three Mississippi State pitchers shut down the Oregon State Beavers. The 4-1 victory this afternoon in Omaha earned the Bulldogs an invitation to the CWS title series. It's the first time Mississippi State will ever play in the CWS title game.
Renfroe's blast was just the third home run in this year's College World Series.
Mississippi State lefty Ross Mitchell came into the game in the sixth inning and shut down the Beavers until the ninth. When Oregon State put two runners on with just one out, the Dawgs called on closer Jonathan Holder. And the sophomore from Gulfport High did what he's done all season. He got the first batter he faced to fly out to left. And he got the last batter to ground out to second.
Holder's 21st save of the season started a wild celebration. The Bulldogs came dashing out of their dugout knowing they just earned a berth in their first baseball championship series.
The Bulldogs are being called the unexpected College World Series favorites. As they prepare to take on their next opponent, the band wagon is filling up. But that's not necessarily a bad thing especially for a team that's never been all the way.
Mississippi State student Tyler Moffett said he couldn't be happier for the bulldogs and hope this brings the state together.
"Southern Miss fans, Ole Miss fans, I just hope the whole state rallies around them, to be honest," said Moffett.
Mississippi State alum Justin Zahner is proud to see how far the team has come.
"It feels great. You know, Johnathan Holder is a great player, came in, and finished it out. You know, if this is how LSU feels all the time, it's great," said Zahner.
If these fans are any example of their following, it's safe to say they will have plenty of support for their next game on Monday.