Dudy Noble Field

Dudy Noble Field will play host to postseason baseball for the second straight weekend. Mississippi State and Stanford open their best-of-3 series on Saturday at 2 p.m.

STARKVILLE – Stanford defeated Fresno State 9-7 on Monday night to win the Stanford Regional and advance to the super regional round.

The 11th-seeded Cardinal will be flying east to take on No. 6 seed Mississippi State in the Starkville Super Regional, which begins Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2 and continues Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPNU from Dudy Noble Field.

If a third game is necessary, it will be held Monday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.

MSU advanced to the College World Series last year by winning the Nashville Super Regional.

Mississippi State is 0-2 all-time against Stanford. The Cardinal eliminated Mississippi State from the 1990 College World Series with a 6-1 victory and also defeated MSU 8-6 in the 1996 NCAA West Regional in Palo Alto, California.

Stanford is 45-12 on the year and posted a 22-7 record in Pac-12 play. The Cardinal have won six of their last seven games and is ranked No. 4 in the nation, one spot behind Mississippi State.

Stanford is hitting .281 as a team with 87 home runs and averages 6.9 runs per game. Its pitching staff holds a 3.51 earned run average with 488 strikeouts and 173 walks in 510 1/3 innings and opponents are batting .246 against them.

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