Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seminoles Can't Muster Much; A Shutout Loss to SEC Power Mississippi State Puts FSU on the Brink

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seminoles Can't Muster Much; A Shutout Loss to SEC Power Mississippi State Puts FSU on the Brink

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Byline: BOB THOMAS

TALLAHASSEE - Florida State's baseball team has spent most of the season boasting the nation's top hitting lineup.

Barring an offensive awakening, however, the Seminoles could be headed for another early postseason exit.

Mississippi State left-hander Justin Pigott three-hit the Seminoles through seven innings, and closer Aaron Weatherford finished the job in a 3-0 NCAA Tournament regional win Saturday night at Dick Howser Stadium.

FSU, the No. 6 national seed, needs three victories in a row to extend its season.

Pigott put the region No. 2 seed Bulldogs (35-20) in the driver's seat, marking the second consecutive night the Seminoles struggled against a left-hander. Unlike Friday's 6-2, come-from-behind victory over Bethune-Cookman, FSU (48-12) never recovered from this 2-0 deficit.

Mississippi State's first shutout victory of the season provided a first on a number of fronts for FSU:

- It was the Seminoles' first shutout loss since a 4-0 defeat at North Carolina on March 31, 2006.

- FSU hadn't been shut out at home since April 2, 2004, when N.C. State dished out an 11-0 whipping.

- The Seminoles hadn't been shut out in the NCAA postseason since a 6-0 loss to Cal State-Fullerton in the 1992 College World Series - 15 years to the day from Saturday's loss.

Stringing together four consecutive hits to start the third, Mississippi State jumped out a 2-0 lead against FSU ace Bryan Henry. Russ Sneed hit a single sharply to left field, and Jeffrey Rea followed with a double off the right-field wall, just beyond the reach of Jack Rye. Back-to-back RBI singles by Brandon Turner and Edward Easley put the Bulldogs in front.

Henry got out of the mess when Mitch Moreland grounded into a double play and the Seminoles foiled a double-steal attempt. Taking the throw from catcher Buster Posey, shortstop Mark Hallberg ran down Brain LaNinfa, applying the tag for the final out before Turner could get home from third base.

Recovering to retire the next 12 Bulldogs in order, Henry was sailing along before yielding a first-pitch solo homer to Sneed to start the eighth inning. …

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