Oklahoma picked a bad time Monday for its offense to sputter.
The Sooners produced only 4 hits in an 8-1 loss to Mississippi State in the finals of the Tallahassee Regional.
It means the end of the season for the Sooners (38-25), who appeared to be in the driver’s seat before losing their final two games to the Bulldogs.
Oklahoma scored 29 runs in its first three games of the tournament, including 20 against Mississippi State in the first game on Friday.
Oklahoma denied first Super Regionals trip since 2006
But the Sooners’ offensive slump denied them a shot at their first Super Regional since 2006, when they lost to Rice in Houston.
Their only run came in the second inning without a hit.
Brady Lindsly led off by reaching base on a dropped third strike. After Thomas Hughes walked to reach base, Kyle Mendenhall advanced the runners with a sacrifice.
Lindsly scored on Justin Mitchell’s infield out. The inning ended when Blake Brewster flied out.
Mississippi State (35-26) took the lead for good on Justin Foscue’s two-run, two-out double in the fourth inning.
Rowdey Jordan’s two-out RBI-single boosted the Bulldogs’ lead to 3-1 in the fifth. The Bulldogs added another in the eighth inning as Jordan led off the inning y reaching after he was hit by pitch. Jordan moved to third on a single and scored on a passed ball.
The Bulldogs iced the victory with a four-run uprising in the ninth. Jordan Anderson produced a two-run single that was followed by a two-run homer by Jake Mangum.
It was Mississippi State’s 10th homer in its four games in the regional.
The Bulldogs were down to their last strike Saturday afternoon before rallying to beat Florida State. But their offense surged to boost them into the Super Regional for the third consecutive season and fifth time in eight seasons.