The Mississippi State Bulldogs kept their college baseball season alive in unbelievably dramatic fashion Saturday in Tallahassee, and in doing so, they gave the No. 7 Florida State Seminoles an unbelievably heartbreaking season-ending loss.
The Seminoles had a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the ninth of Saturday’s NCAA Tournament elimination game, and kept starting pitcher Drew Parrish on the mound. Two runners reached, and Parrish had a 1-2 Elijah MacNamee with two outs. The Seminoles just needed one more strike to keep their season alive.
And then MacNamee cranked a three-run, walk-off dinger:
You certainly can’t fault Parrish here, especially when you consider that he should’ve never still been in this game. Parrish had thrown 133 pitches, and came out for the ninth inning after a rain delay of over two hours. Yes, Florida State’s season was on the line here, but that’s pretty irresponsible to put Parrish in that position. And it’s hard to believe the Seminoles didn’t have a better option available at that point, putting the health risk aside.