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2021 College World Series: Texas vs. Miss. State score and highlights; Melendez blast seals win

Texas won Friday 8-5 after Ivan Melendez's three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning.

UT and Mississippi State square off again on Saturday at 6 p.m. CT, and the winner will advance to the College World Series championship series to face Vanderbilt.

Texas finally won a match up over Mississippi State this season after being beaten twice previously. One of those losses was a 2-1 setback in the opener for both teams in Omaha.

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First inning bomb by Texas' Zach Zubia gives the Longhorns the early lead.

Mississippi State gets their second score of the game in the bottom of the first inning.

A Texas sacrifice fly ties it up 2-2 in the second inning.

Another run by Longhorns outfielder Mike Antico and the Longhorns are up 3-2.

Another run makes it 4-2 Longhorns!

Eight strikeouts for Ty Madden so far!

This young Mississippi State fan is giving it his all from the stands!

Horns lead 5-2 in the eighth inning! 

A walk with the bases loaded cuts Texas' lead to 5-3. 

And just like that, there's a two-run single by the Bulldogs and we have a tie game, 5-5 in the top of the ninth.

A three-run homer by Ivan Melendez gives Texas an 8-5 lead before the game is delayed by weather in the top of the ninth inning. 

Texas closer Aaron Nixon pitched the final inning for the Longhorns to set up Saturday's winner-take-all game

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