Westburg's grand slam lifts Bulldogs over UNC

Mississippi State defeated North Carolina 12-2 in the second round of the College World Series.

Posted: Jun 19, 2018 1:52 PM
Updated: Jun 19, 2018 4:18 PM

OMAHA, Neb. (MSU Athletics/WTVA) - First, Jordan Westburg brought the Mississippi State baseball team the rally banana.

Tuesday at TD Ameritrade Park, the freshman designated hitter brought the Bulldogs a 12-2 College World Series win over No. 6 national seed North Carolina.

Westburg hit a grand slam to highlight a four-run second inning, before hitting a three-run double during State's eight-run eighth inning. He became the sixth player in CWS history to drive in seven runs in a game, as well as the first to accomplish that feat since the 2001 season.

"The grand slam with two strikes in the second inning was big," MSU assistant coach Jake Gautreau said. "Our offense was not good early, but it was good later. Konnor Pilkington and Cole Gordon teamed up to pitch a great game. Against Washington, we struck out more than usual. Today, we asked the guys to have a two-strike approach to start at-bats. That helped us get some really good at-bats against quality two-strike pitches."

MSU (39-27) will face either North Carolina (44-19) or Oregon State (50-11-1) at 2 p.m. Friday (ESPN). The Bulldogs will have two chances to win one game to reach the CWS championship series for the second time in six seasons.

MSU is now 2-0 in College World Series play for the third time in the program's 10 appearances.

Pilkington (3-6) allowed six hits and two runs (both earned) in six-plus innings of work. He was lifted after a leadoff triple in the UNC seventh inning. Gordon allowed one hit, while facing 10 batters, in three innings of relief work for his fourth save.

The Tar Heels built a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a leadoff double, ground out and fly out.

From there, the Bulldogs were in control.

In the second inning, Elijah MacNamee reached on a single, Justin Foscue reached on an error and Luke Alexander singled to load the bases.

After a strikeout, Westburg hit MSU's first grand slam in Omaha since Bobby Thigpen during the Bulldogs' 1985 run.

North Carolina starter Austin Bergner (7-3) retired 16 straight after the grand slam before a leadoff single by Dustin Skelton in the eighth inning.

Westburg followed with a hit, before Jake Mangum drew an intentional walk to load the bases and end Bergner's day.

Rowdey Jordan, Tanner Allen and Hunter Stovall followed with consecutive RBI-singles. MacNamee reached on a ground ball, which led to an error and another run. Alexander forced in a run with a bases-loaded hit batsman, before Westburg capped the big inning with his double just inside the left field line.

Westburg finished with three of the Bulldogs' nine hits.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 319704

Reported Deaths: 7369
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto22276267
Hinds20677421
Harrison18407317
Rankin13880282
Jackson13689248
Madison10249224
Lee10056176
Jones8464167
Forrest7827153
Lauderdale7260242
Lowndes6509150
Lamar634888
Lafayette6310121
Washington5420137
Bolivar4837133
Panola4669110
Oktibbeha466098
Pearl River4604147
Marshall4573105
Warren4440121
Pontotoc425373
Union415777
Monroe4155135
Neshoba4061179
Lincoln4008112
Hancock386687
Leflore3515125
Tate342486
Sunflower339491
Pike3369111
Alcorn325972
Scott320174
Yazoo314171
Adams307486
Itawamba305178
Copiah299966
Coahoma298784
Simpson298189
Tippah291968
Prentiss283861
Leake271974
Marion271280
Covington267283
Wayne264442
Grenada264087
George252051
Newton248663
Tishomingo231568
Winston229981
Jasper222148
Attala215073
Chickasaw210559
Holmes190374
Clay187854
Stone187833
Tallahatchie180041
Clarke178980
Calhoun174132
Yalobusha167840
Smith164034
Walthall135347
Greene131833
Lawrence131024
Montgomery128643
Noxubee128034
Perry127138
Amite126342
Carroll122330
Webster115032
Jefferson Davis108033
Tunica108027
Claiborne103130
Benton102325
Humphreys97533
Kemper96629
Franklin85023
Quitman82216
Choctaw79118
Wilkinson69532
Jefferson66228
Sharkey50917
Issaquena1696
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 548323

Reported Deaths: 11288
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson809531565
Mobile42066826
Madison35663525
Tuscaloosa26162458
Shelby25595254
Montgomery25081612
Baldwin21839313
Lee16265176
Calhoun14718325
Morgan14626285
Etowah14171363
Marshall12449230
Houston10764288
Elmore10295213
Limestone10182157
St. Clair10160251
Cullman9941201
Lauderdale9596249
DeKalb8967189
Talladega8458184
Walker7335280
Autauga7230113
Blount6944139
Jackson6922113
Colbert6414140
Coffee5627127
Dale4929114
Russell454941
Chilton4472116
Franklin431083
Covington4273122
Tallapoosa4136155
Escambia401780
Chambers3726124
Dallas3607156
Clarke352961
Marion3242106
Pike314078
Lawrence3129100
Winston283572
Bibb268464
Geneva257581
Marengo250665
Pickens236862
Barbour234659
Hale226878
Butler224071
Fayette218162
Henry193843
Cherokee187245
Randolph187044
Monroe179341
Washington170439
Macon162951
Clay160159
Crenshaw155657
Cleburne153244
Lamar146537
Lowndes142054
Wilcox127030
Bullock124242
Conecuh113430
Coosa111429
Perry108626
Sumter105732
Greene93534
Choctaw62025
Out of AL00
Unassigned00
Tupelo
Clear
87° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 89°
Columbus
Partly Cloudy
85° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 91°
Oxford
Partly Cloudy
84° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 86°
Starkville
Partly Cloudy
84° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 88°
We continue to monitor a tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico. This will be in heavy rainfall two locations across the southeast over the course of the weekend, and flooding rainfall could be in tow as well. Things are looking better for Father’s Day itself, thankfully.
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather