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Frost, Britton produce at plate for State

June 3, 2012

Mississippi State's Sam Frost, left, tags out UAB's Keith DePew who was attempting to steal third, in the seventh inning Saturday at the Tallahassee Regional. Frost was valuable at the plate for the Bulldogs with a two-run double in the fifth inning. (Photo by Steve Cannon, AP)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Mississippi State needed something positive to happen at the plate.

The Bulldogs got that from two unlikely players in Sam Frost and Matthew Britton.

Frost is batting .219 for the season while Britton is only batting .167, but the duo went 3-for-7 with three RBI and three runs in MSU's 8-1 win Saturday against UAB in an elimination game in the Tallahassee Regional.

"I think our guys are remarkable," State head coach John Cohen said. "I think they show up every single day and I think there are several guys on our club who are playing hurt. They have to fight, fight, fight to get on the field."

Frost got the Bulldogs going when he doubled off of UAB starter Ryan Nance in the fifth inning to give MSU a 2-0 lead.

"We didn't really see the ball well the first time through the lineup," Frost said. "(Ryan Nance) kind of pitched a pattern to me. He was really trying to bust me in. I got up there looking for something in and he kind of left it down the middle."

The Bulldogs came into the game against the Blazers having not scored since the Southeastern Conference Championship game against Vanderblit, a 3-0 win, 17 innings ago.

When Frost hit his double, he knew it had a chance to be an extra-base hit off the bat.

"I hit it well," Frost said with a smile. "I knew it wasn't going out. It's a tall fence, but I thought it had a chance to get to the fence."
Frost who drove in Britton with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning had a season high three RBI.

"Sometimes you need one guy to step up and be counted on and that is what Sam did for us today," Cohen said.

Britton found his way on base four times with two hits, a walk and an error.

"It's baseball," Britton said. "Everyone can struggle at times, you just got to keep battling, keep swinging and keep working."

Britton got MSU going in the seventh inning when he doubled down the left field line with one out and he later scored on Frost's sacrifice fly.

"Everybody in our lineup has the potential to come through with a big hit," Britton said. "We all can do it. It just happen to be us (Saturday)."

Britton also singled in the ninth inning to left field.

"They just keep battling through it," Cohen said. "These guys give tremendous effort. They go about their drill work every single day. You would think they are both hitting .400. That's the way they act and that's what you want."

The bottom four of the order accounted for six RBI and five of the nine hits for the Bulldogs.

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