TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Mississippi State baseball team had revenge on its mind Sunday afternoon.
It was not to be.
The No. 2 seed Mississippi State fell to No. 3 Samford 3-2 in the Tallahassee Regional at Dick Howser Stadium, Mike Martin Field.
With the loss, the Magnolia State Bulldogs were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament in front of a crowd of 3,081.
"I am really proud of our kids," State head coach John Cohen said, who saw his club finish 40-24 this year. "I thought our kids competed well. I think we have the basis for a really good future in our program. That doesn't help us right now. I think the way our kids competed down the stretch this season, I'm really proud."
MSU trailed 3-2 in the top of the ninth with one out. Sam Frost was issued a walk and moved to third on an Adam Frazier double to left field.
Demarcus Henderson struck out on three pitches for the second out.
"I know Demarcus Henderson is going to get better," Cohen said. "He is too good an athlete not to. When he has an open base, he is going to learn how to take the buried breaking balls and he is going to learn how to move that at-bat along. It didn't happen (Sunday)."
Senior Brent Brownlee flew out to right field to end the game and sent Samford to the regional championship against Florida State. The Bulldogs from Birmingham ended up losing to the host Seminoles 5-2 later on Sunday.
Frazier led off the game with a single to left field. He stole second and eventually scored on a Hunter Renfroe fielder's choice to make it 1-0 MSU.
MSU left two runners on in the second inning Wes Rea was thrown out at the plate on a safety squeeze by Mitch Slauter, Frost struck out looking and Frazier grounded out to shortstop.
"We had a couple of bunts we didn't get into the kill zone," Cohen said. "We just didn't execute that a couple of times. That can happen and that can happen to anybody."
MSU took a 2-0 advantage when Luis Pollorena scored on a fielder's choice by Mitch Slauter.
Samford struck for a run in the fourth inning, but took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Jonathan Holder came into pitch with two outs. Phillip Ervin singled up the middle and eventually scored on a double by Brandon Miller.
C.K. Irby hit a routine ball to third base but Frost hopped the throw to Rea at first and the ball went to the wall. Miller scored on the error.
"I just got sped up a little bit," Frost said. "We work on it everyday at practice, slowing the game down. The ball was kind of chopped. I thought I had to rush. I had time and I didn't have a good grip on the ball and just spiked it."
Freshman Jacob Lindgren got the start for MSU. He went four innings giving up eight hits and one run.
"Jacob was excellent again," Slauter said. "He did a good job of building on each outing throughout the year."
MSU used six pitchers in all. Holder (2-1) took the loss while Joseph Burns (4-1) got the win for Samford in relief.