OMAHA, Neb. – The road less traveled will be the path the No. 5 Mississippi State baseball program will need to take if it is to come out of bracket two at the 2019 College World Series after a 6-3 loss to No. 2 Vanderbilt on Wednesday (June 19) afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park.
Mississippi State (52-14) fell behind for the fourth-straight game and sixth time in seven postseason games as Stephen Scott gave Vanderbilt (56-11) the early lead with a solo home run in the second inning. The Commodores added five runs in the fifth inning to make it a 6-0 lead, before the Diamond Dawgs scored one in the sixth and two in the seventh to trim the lead to 6-3.
Senior Peyton Plumlee (7-5) got the start on the mound and allowed three runs on six hits in the taking the loss. He struck out five, walked one and hit one batter in 4 1/3 innings of work. Five MSU relievers combined to allow three runs on three hits with five walks, including 3 2/3 innings of scoreless work for redshirt-junior Keegan James. James struck out three, walked two and allowed one hit.
Seniors Marshall Gilbert and Jake Mangum each chipped in two hits and scored a run, with Gilbert hitting his sixth home run of the season. Magnum’s two hits moved him into a tie for MSU’s single-season hits record at 107. His national-leading 107 hits equal the total of Adam Frazier during the 2013 season. Sophomore Tanner Allen became the fourth Diamond Dawg this season to own a reached-base streak of 20-plus games, as he collected a double and was hit by a pitch to move his active streak to 20 games on base.