Will Bednar recorded a career-high 15 strikeouts in six innings, the most College World Series in 25 years, and Mississippi State held off Texas 2-1. Bednar and Landon Sims combined for a CWS team record of 21 strikeouts and the Bulldogs increased their season total to 765 strikeouts. Bednar’s total was the highest by any individual since Clemson’s Kris Benson pulled off 15 against Miami in 1996. MSU scored twice in the second inning and held off Texas in the ninth.
Will Bednar hit a career high 15 in six innings, the College World Series high in 25 years, and Mississippi State held off Texas 2-1 on Sunday night.
Bednar and Landon Sims set a CWS team record, combining 21 strikeouts, and the Bulldogs (46-16) brought their season tally to 765.
Bednar’s total was the highest by any individual since Clemson’s Kris Benson pulled off 15 against Miami in 1996.
The number 2 seed from Texas (47-16) put only four balls in play against Bednar: three flyouts and Mitchell Daly’s base hit the midfield in the fourth.
The Longhorns’ offense came to life at the end of the ninth. Mike Antico started off with a home run, and Ivan Melendez and Cam Williams hit back-to-back two-out singles to put the runners in corners before Douglas Hodo III took to the ground to end the game.
The Longhorns have lost their first CWS game in each of their four appearances since 2009.
Bednar (8-1), brother of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher David Bednar, had precise control with his low ’90s fastball mixed with a slider down and out of the strike zone.
He fanned seven straight from the first to the third inning and broke the CWS record in a school game in the fourth with his 11th strikeout.
He walked Zach Zubia to start the seventh inning and threw another pitch, his 108th, before MSU coach Chris Lemonis called Sims.
The hard-throw reliever picked up where Bednar left off, striking out the first five hitters he faced. He finished with six strikeouts.
MSU, the national No.7 seed making his third consecutive CWS appearance, got his two points in the fourth against Ty Madden (7-5). The first came home on a sacrifice fly and the other when Brad Cumbest sent a fly down the right field line which landed just in fair territory. Hodo couldn’t play and Luke Hancock scored from the first goal on Cumbest’s treble.
Madden struck out 10 strikes in seven innings, and the teams’ 33 strikeouts combined set a CFS record.
MSU has struck out at least 10 batters in six of its seven NCAA tournament games and in 49 of 62 games this season.
The CWS individual strikeout record in a nine-inning game is 17 by Ed Bane of Arizona State against Oklahoma in 1972. The CWS overall record is 20 by Steve Arlin of Ohio State, who pitched all 15 innings against Washington State in 1965.
Mississippi State: Plays in Virginia Tuesday night.
Texas: vs. Tennessee in a playoff game Tuesday afternoon.