Samford, the No. 3 seed in the Tallahassee Regional, surprised quite a number of fans on Friday with a 5-0 victory over No. 2-seeded Mississippi State. One day later, it ran into a bit of trouble against the region's top seed, Florida State. The Seminoles amassed nine hits en route to a decisive 8-1 win over the Bulldogs, clearing the way to play in Sunday's regional title game.
Florida State defeated UAB 2-1 in its first game of the regional on Friday.
On Saturday, it not only relied on a three-run sixth inning and a four-run seventh inning, but it also got a bit of a lift from freshman starter Brandon Leibrandt, who struck out 10 batters over eight scoreless innings. The Georgia allowed just three hits and no walks to grab the win.
Samford's lone run came in the ninth inning off senior reliever Hunter Scantling, who came in for Leibrandt.