The Diamond Dawgs lost to Samford for the 2nd time in the Tallahassee Regional on Sunday, this time 3-2. The season is now over and MSU’s final record ends at 40-24.
There was a lot of promise to this game as State’s offense was finally putting some hits together. Unfortunately, two different Mitch Slauter bunts with 0 outs and two runners on resulted in the lead runner (Wes Rea both times) being thrown out; once at home and once at 3rd. Those killed both rallies and the Dawgs only came away with 2 runs in the early innings. From there on out…the offense was stagnant.
Jacob Lindgren started the game and pitched around 8 hits through 4+ innings. Ross Mitchell, Ben Bracewell and Chad Girado held on until handing it over to 0.00 ERA man, Johnathon Holder, with 2 out and no men on in the 7th inning. Holder gave up a hit (runner stole 2nd), double, and then Sam Frost had a throwing error which allowed the eventual winning run to score. So one earned run for Holder, but 2 runs for Samford anyway.
It looked like MSU would make a comeback in the 9th. With one out, Adam Frazier followed a Sam Frost walk with a double and there were runners at 2nd & 3rd. DeMarcus Henderson looked as if he was overcome by the moment in a horrible looking strikeout, and Brent Browlee flied to RF to end it.
It was a good season for State, just unfortunate we didn’t even get at shot at Florida State. We’ll have more on the blog this coming week closing out the baseball season before we move to full on football talk.