Longhorns beat Mississippi St. 8-5 on Melendez’s HR in 9th

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Longhorns Melendez's HR in 9th
The Mississippi State dugout watches as Texas's Ivan Melendez rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game in the College World Series Friday, June 25, 2021, at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. (Chris Machian/Omaha World-Herald via AP)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Ivan Melendez hit a tie-breaking three-run homer in the ninth inning and Texas forced a second bracket final against Mississippi State with an 8-5 College World Series victory in a game that ended early Saturday.

The No. 2 national seed Longhorns won their third straight elimination game and will go to the best-of-three finals next week if they can beat the Bulldogs again Saturday night.

Saturday night’s Longhorns game will be live on 94.1 FM ESPN-Texarkana

Texas Longhorn’s fan’s in Texarkana can listen to the Texas vs Mississippi state game Saturday live on 94.1 FM ESPN-Texarkana. The game will also be streamed on line at espntexarkana.com and on 94.1 FM ESPN-Texarkana on the Radio Streaming Now APP.

Longhorns Melendez's HR in 9th

Already in the finals is Vanderbilt. The Commodores automatically advanced when the NCAA announced early Saturday that North Carolina State was out of the tournament because of COVID-19 protocols.