STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippi State's road to Omaha took them through Charlottesville.
The Diamond Dogs swept Virginia in the Super Regional to advance to their ninth College World Series in school history.
The Dogs were originally scheduled to return to Starkville on Monday night, but thanks to numerous flight delays, the team didn't return to campus until around 1:00 a.m. Tuesday. MSU players and coaches were greeted by fans upon their return.
"It's excitement, having the fans that we have," said MSU relief pitcher Jonathan Holder. "We're playing good baseball right now, and I think if we put everything together, we'll have success."
"I think it's just another step forward for our kids," said MSU head coach John Cohen. "I think there's an expectation level in our program, and I think our players embrace that."
MSU will play Oregon State in the first game of the College World Series on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.