BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi State (51-18) battles UCLA (47-17) at TD Ameritrade Park. Both the Bulldogs and Bruins went undefeated in their CWS brackets to advance to the championship finals.
Neither Mississippi State nor UCLA has won a national baseball title and Mississippi State is trying to win a first-ever national championship in any spot.
Seventeen Bulldog players gained previous NCAA tournament experience, seven of those having played in the 2011 Gainesville Super Regional.
Junior All-American Adam Frazier has four hits in his three CWS games and leads the NCAA hitting charts with 106. He slipped past Mercer's Chesny Young (105) and two fellow SEC players, LSU's Alex Bregman and Vanderbilt's Tony Kemp, who both had 104 hits on the season.
Frazier has become the fourth MSU player to hit the century mark in his and the first Bulldogs player to lead the nation.
Coach John Cohen has pulled the right strings in leading Mississippi State to Omaha. The Tuscaloosa, Alabama native has guided Mississippi State a 177-129 record in five seasons. His overall head coaching career is 498-325-1.
Before heading to Starkville, Cohen was head coach at Northwestern State and Kentucky and twice led the Wildcats to NCAA regional.
You can expect Cohen to call on his ace closer Jonathan Holder of Gulfport. The sophomore has rung up 21 saves on the season and is Mississippi State's career leader in saves with 30. Van Johnson had 29 saves from 1995-98.
Sixteen different pitchers have taken the mound for the Bulldogs through 69 games and led the SEC with 571 strikeouts. Out of the bullpen Mississippi State pitching is 33-5 with a 1.69 ERA and 24 saves. Holder leads the staff with 86 strikeouts in 50.2 innings pitched.
A win tonight over the Bruins and Mississippi State can win-it-all by defeating UCLA on Tuesday.