Monday, June 11, 2007

About-face sends Mississippi State to Omaha

STARKVILLE — In the middle of Saturday afternoon, the Bulldogs leapt one on the other, piling near the pitcher's mound as 13,715 fans screamed.

A week earlier, they were in their hotel rooms, putting on uniforms, readying to face the hot-hitting No. 6 national seed Florida State and its ace pitcher, Bryan Henry.

They had beaten Stetson, yes. But to much of the outside world, the Bulldogs were still an unknown, a team of question marks that ended the year losing eight of 10.

Which makes the celebration, the trip to the College World Series, all the more remarkable for its dizzying ascent. Consider what the Bulldogs did in a week's time - or more precisely, six days, 20 hours, 22 minutes:

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keithcymry said...

Interestingly, MSU is the only team from the celebrated, the vaunted, the invincible, the indestructable, the indefatigueable, the darlings of ESPN, SEC team to make it to Omaha. Y'all might jest be wunderin' what happened? Maybe y'all ain't as good as ye thought ye wus.

Brian P. Foley said...

How about the ACC sending seven teams to the Tourney and hosting three regionals while only sending one team to the CWS?

stephen a said...

Well I think the SEC certainly wasn't the conference that it has been in past years, but it's still the best league and they still get to play the toughest schedules-if they want to.

Brian P. Foley said...

Stephen I agree with you about the SEC if you include the ACC into that mix.