TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Drew Parrish pitched 8.2 innings and allowed just four hits, but Elijah MacNamee hit a walk-off three-run home run to lead Mississippi State to a 3-2 win in an elimination game in the Tallahassee Regional Saturday afternoon. The Seminoles finished the season 43-19, while the Bulldogs improved to 32-26.
In front of a stunned Dick Howser Stadium crowd, MacNamee’s second home run of the weekend scored Jake Mangum and Hunter Stovall. Parrish (5-1) threw 133 pitches, the final 24 of which came after a 2.5-hour rain and lightning delay after the end of the eighth inning. He struck out seven and walked just two – Mangum and Stovall in the ninth inning.
Despite playing at home and hosting the regional, Florida State was the visiting team after a coin flip between the team’s Friday evening.
Riley Self (4-0) earned the win for Mississippi State, walking two without allowing a hit over the final three innings. Self also returned after the ninth-inning rain delay. He relieved Ethan Small, who gave up a pair of runs on five hits in eight innings.
Five Seminoles recorded a hit, including Cal Raleigh’s first-inning double, his 17th consecutive game with a hit.
FSU took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Nick Derr doubled to right field, his eighth of the season, advanced to third base on a wild pitch by Small and scored when catcher Marshall Gilbert’s throw to third base went into left field.
The Bulldogs got their first baserunner on a bloop single by nine-hole hitter Jordan Anderson in the third inning, but Parrish forced a line out against Mangum to end the frame.
J.C. Flowers and Mike Salvatore both singled in the fifth inning before Rhett Aplin’s two-out RBI single scored Flowers and doubled FSU’s lead to 2-0.
MSU reached second base for the first time on MacNamee’s infield single and wild pitch from Parrish, but Luke Alexander lined to right field and Steven Wells threw out MacNamee at second base for the inning-ending double play. MacNamee was the only player on either team with two hits.
Parrish struck out the final two batters of the eighth inning as FSU took its 2-0 lead to the ninth inning when the game was delayed for two-and-a-half hours. Self allowed a walk and hit a batter in the ninth inning without allowing a run.
Parrish walked Mangum on a full count before forcing a pop up and strikeout to get two outs. Stovall also walked on a full count before MacNamee took a 1-2 pitch over the left field wall for the victory.
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