The AQ7, officially titled the WAC/ ASUN challenge is a football scheduling alliance that will allow for seven institutions to have the opportunity to qualify for an automatic bid into the 2021 NCAA FCS Division Playoffs. The seven member institutions are Abilene Christian University, Lamar, Sam Houston St., Stephen F. Austin, Central Arkansas, Eastern Kentucky, and Jacksonville St.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs are national champions. It’s the first time that any team that has hailed from Starkville can make that claim. The Diamond Dawgs defeated the Vanderbilt Commodores in dominant fashion in game three of the College World Series in a 9-0 affair. Will Bednar and Landon Sims combined for a one-hit shutout of the Commodores, who just couldn’t seem to anchor down its defensive troubles in games two and three of the championship series after winning game 1 by a score of 8-2.
The Mississippi St. Bulldogs walloped the Commodores of Vanderbilt, who hail from Nashville, Tennessee, 13-2 in game two of the College World Series on Tuesday night. It sets the stage for one of the two teams to claim the National Championship for NCAA Division I college baseball tomorrow night in Omaha, Nebraska.
The Vanderbilt Commodores defeated the Mississippi St. Bulldogs 8-2 in Omaha, Nebraska on Monday night and are on the doorstep of their 3rd College World Series title. Another win on Tuesday night would seal back to back national titles (as there was no CWS champion in 2020 due to COVID19).
NCAA Statement from Division I Baseball Committee:
The NCAA Division I Baseball Committee has declared the Vanderbilt-NC State Men’s College World Series game scheduled for Saturday, June 26 at 1 p.m. Central time a no-contest because of COVID-19 protocols. #CWSpic.twitter.com/amxdQwkQ6l
The Bulldogs will face the Vanderbilt Commodores in the College World Series finals (Game 1 is Monday night) in a best of three faceoff after the “if necessary” game that the Anchor Down crew forced on Friday afternoon was declared to be a “no contest” by the NCAA and the North Carolina St. Wolfpack was removed from the tournament due to COVID-19 contact tracing protocols.
Yesterday afternoon, the Vanderbilt Commodores beat a short-handed North Carolina St. Wolfpack squad 3-1 that suffered quarantine due COVID-19 protocols. According to NCAA.com, “the Vanderbilt vs. NC State game scheduled for Saturday has been ruled a no-contest due to COVID-19 protocols, as NC State “will not be able to continue in the championship”. In a late night affair that was delayed due to inclement weather in Omaha, the Texas Longhorns outlasted the Mississippi St. Bulldogs in an 8-5 contest. The Longhorns forced the “if necessary game” that will be played at 7 p.m. e.s.t. on Saturday night.
BREAKING: NCAA declares NC State out of College World Series because of COVID-19 issues, Vanderbilt advances to final.
The Texas Longhorns defeated the Virginia Cavaliers 6-2 late on Thursday night to advance to the College World Series semifinals on Friday against the Mississippi St. Bulldogs. If Texas were to win on Friday night, they would force an “if necessary” game to be played on Saturday.
Straight out of bizarro world, Vanderbilt won 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth inning as relief pitcher Brendan Beck air mailed a pitch over the top of the glove of Stanford catcher Kody Huff and Spencer Jones raced home with the winning run. The Commodores will face North Carolina St. in the bracket final on Friday. if the Vandy Boys win, they will have to face the Wolfpack again on Saturday as the College World Series has a double elimination format until the championship game, which has a best two out of three arrangement.