Another season comes to an end and Florida State coach Mike Martin won't get to play for his first College World Series title.
Martin's No. 3 Seminoles saw its season end Sunday night, losing to Mississippi State 9-4 in the NCAA Tournament. It marked the second time in as many days that the Bulldogs (36-20) were able to upset FSU (49-13).
"We all tried the best we could we just couldn't get it done," FSU right fielder Jack Rye said.
Mississippi State made it out of Tallahassee with an unblemished record and for the second straight season the Seminoles will not play in a Super Regional.
After running over Stetson 17-1 earlier in the day, it looked like FSU would pick up right where it left off in the nightcap when Rye blasted a two-run home run in the top of the first inning.
The Seminoles would only manage two runs in the remaining eight innings and never could regain the offensive form displayed previously against the Hatters.
"That's baseball for you right there," FSU senior first baseman Brandon Reichert said. "One game everything will go your way and the next game nothing will go your way."
Martin, who moved into No. 3 on the all-time career wins list (1,484) prior to the showdown with Mississippi State, elected to start Danny Rosen with hopes of staving off elimination.
But Rosen was erratic in 2 2/3 innings of work and gave up six runs and six hits before being replaced by freshman Matt Fariel.
"He didn't seem to get the change-up, which is his best pitch," Martin said about Rosen. "He didn't seem to get that in the strike zone and it made him go to the fastball more."
Florida State cut into a 7-3 deficit in the sixth when Rye connected on his second home run of the day.
FSU then loaded the bases in the seventh but could not manufacture anything to show for it.
"I really mean this, I thought we were going to win all along … and we certainly had a chance," Martin said.
Mississippi State posted its second three-run inning of the night in the third after FSU's Mark Hallberg brought in a run earlier in the inning to tie the game at 3-3.
Rye's two-run blast in the first was answered by Bulldogs first baseman Brian LaNinfa in the bottom half of the inning, who recorded a two-run home run of his own.
Florida State's season comes to an end
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