After a one-year absence, Mississippi State makes its return to the NCAA Tournament today against No. 21 BYU at 5 p.m. in the Salt Lake City Regional.

The Bulldogs (36-20) are making their 13th NCAA Tournament appearance since 2000 and fifth in the last six years under coach Vann Stuedeman. MSU has won at least one game in each of its last three tournament trips.

The Bulldogs do have history with BYU and lead the overall series 2-1. The Cougars won the last meeting 4-3 in nine innings at Oregon during the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

BYU (44-11) has won the West Coast Conference in each of the last four seasons and features the 2017 conference player, pitcher, freshman, defensive and coach of the year. McKenna Bull (29-5, 1.23 ERA, 226 K) is a three-time WCC Pitcher of the Year.

Logan Lowery

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