STARKVILLE, MISS. — Logan Tanner hit a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning, and No. 7 seed Mississippi State rallied from a four-run deficit to beat No. 10 Notre Dame 9-8 in Game 1 of the Starkville Super Regional on Saturday.
Tanner gave the Bulldogs (44-15) a 9-8 lead and Landon Sims struck out three in two perfect innings for his 10th save. Preston Johnson (3-0) got the win after a giving up one run in 2⅔ innings.
Mississippi State is one win away from its 12th trip to the College World Series and can clinch the best-of-three series Sunday.
Tanner Kohlhepp (7-2) got the loss, giving up four runs, three earned, in four innings for the Fighting Irish (33-12).
Rowdey Jordan went 3-for-5 with a home run, a double and two RBIs for the Bulldogs. Tanner Allen hit a solo home run in the first.
Zack Prajzner had a three-run home run in the fifth inning that gave Notre Dame a 7-3 lead.