'85 club still casts long shadow at Mississippi St

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OMAHA, Neb. - The 2013 Mississippi State Bulldogs are poised to overtake the star-studded 1985 team as the greatest in school history.

The Bulldogs (51-18) will be playing for Mississippi State's first national championship in a team sport when they open the best-of-three College World Series against UCLA on Monday night. The Bruins (47-17) are going for their first title in baseball and the school's NCAA-record 109th in a team sport.

Future major-league All-Stars Will Clark and Rafael Palmeiro led the 1985 Bulldogs to Omaha, where they won two games.

First baseman Wes Rea said he and his teammates want to leave their own legacy.

UCLA will send junior right-hander and No. 1 starter Adam Plutko (9-3) to the mound for Game 1. Bulldogs coach John Cohen was undecided on his starter.

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