Mississippi State played 15 postseason baseball games on its run to competing for the school's first NCAA team championship.
“Of those 15, I feel like we didn't play well in two of them,” coach John Cohen said.
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, it was the last two as UCLA completed its two-game sweep of the College World Series championships round with an 8-0 victory on Tuesday night.
There was little secret why MSU came up short.
The Bulldogs scored only one run in two games. In the first 69 games this season, they had been shut out only once and held to one run three other times.
In the CWS championship series, Mississippi State came to the plate with runners in scoring position 14 times. The result: 0 for 14.
“As hitters, we didn't do what we were supposed to do,” right fielder Hunter Renfroe said. “We hit balls hard, but we didn't find gaps.”