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Updated: 6/21/2013 11:04 pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Along with the occasional bursts of applause and clapping Friday afternoon at Old Venice Pizza Company in Starkville, tensions mounted as the maroon and white faithful watched and waited for the outcome of a very crucial game.

Mississippi State defeated Oregon State in a 4-1 victory, ensuring its place in the College World Series finals.

"We're going to the championship. We've never been this far, and to be going there is awesome," alumna Anna McLeod said.

You see, Mississippi State is on the verge of earning its first national championship. For many students and alums, that alone leaves them ecstatic.

"[Hunter Renfroe's] home run obviously was the highlight of the game," student Andrea Swanson said. "You can't deny that. The entire Zorba's bar went crazy. I can't imagine actually being there [in Omaha]."

Much of the celebration will continue this weekend in Omaha until Monday, when the Diamond Dawgs face the UCLA Bruins in the College World Series Finals.

Those who stayed behind in Starkville say they're using superstition to their advantage.

"During the Monday night game, I was deemed the good luck charm," alumnus Matt Crane said. "I put the [MSU] helmet on and we started winning all of a sudden, so I was mandated to be here with the helmet."

Illinois native and MSU graduate Ben Hartenbower says getting this far in the College World Series also means something else, though, for when he goes back to visit his family.

"It'll be good to be able to go back home and brag a little bit, you know, have a little State pride," Hartenbower said.

The Diamond Dawgs will play for it all starting Monday, but most fans say they're not worried about that just yet.

They're just happy to be in the finals.
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