Mississippi State eliminates UAB 8-1 in NCAA regional

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Wes Rea and Sam Frost each hit two-run doubles and Southeastern Conference champion Mississippi State eliminated UAB 8-1 in NCAA regional play Saturday.

Rea’s double into the left field corner ignited a five-run sixth that catapulted the Bulldogs into a 7-1 lead. Frost, whose fourth-inning double gave Mississippi State a 2-0 lead, added his third RBI in the sixth with a sacrifice fly.

Ross Mitchell (3-0) picked up the victory after replacing starter Kendall Graveman in the fourth. Caleb Reed went the final four and two-thirds innings to register his ninth save.

Ryan Nance (4-4) was tagged with the loss for the Blazers, who scored their lone run on an infield ground out. The Conference USA champions (32-30) scored just two runs in the double-elimination tournament.

Mississippi State (40-23) will meet Samford at 11 a.m. CT Sunday in an elimination game.

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