Jordan, Mangum help Mississippi State force deciding game
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Rowdey Jordan and Jake Mangum each had three hits and drove in two runs, and Mississippi State forced a deciding game in the NCAA Tournament’s Tallahassee Regional with a 13-5 win over Oklahoma on Sunday.
Jordan’s two-run homer to right was part of an eight-run third where the Bulldogs broke the game open, as they sent 12 batters to the plate. Most of the runs came off Sooners’ starter Devon Perez (5-6), who gave up seven runs and eight hits in 2 1/3 innings.
Tanner Allen had a three-run shot in the seventh for Mississippi State (34-26), which has hit nine home runs in four regional games.
Cole Gordon, who relieved starter Denver McQuary, went six innings to get the win. The junior right-hander (4-3) allowed four runs on seven hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts.
Cade Harris went 2-for-4 with a home run and drove in two runs for the Sooners (38-24).
The winner of Mondays’ game will face Vanderbilt, which won the Clemson Regional, in a best-of-three Super Regional.