Samford rallies to eliminate Mississippi State 3-2

By The Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Brandon Miller scored twice and drove in another run as Samford eliminated Mississippi State 3-2 in the NCAA Tallahassee regional on Sunday.

Miller doubled home Phillip Ervin to tie the game 2-2 in the seventh inning and then scored the winning run on a throwing error by Mississippi State third baseman Sam Frost. Miller also scored Samford’s first run on a fourth-inning single by Tommy Corbin.

Samford’s Joseph Burns (4-1) got the win and C.K. Irby his 10th save with a scoreless ninth.

Jonathan Holder (2-1) took the loss in relief for Mississippi State (40-24), which got runners to second and third with one out in the ninth, but couldn’t score.

“We had opportunities offensively, and we just didn’t do it,” Mississippi State coach John Cohen said. “We didn’t take advantage of it. And that’s what happens when guys who don’t have a lot of Division I baseball experience. That’s why experienced guys usually win. It’s not an excuse, it’s just a fact.”

Samford (41-23) lost 5-2 to Florida State later. Florida St. will advance.

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