|By Logan Lowery, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Tupelo|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The Bulldogs 2014 campaign came to a close Monday night with a 5-3 loss to top-ranked
The Ragin' Cajuns (57-8) plated three runs in the third inning -- two on wild pitches -- and made it hold up to advance to host a super regional against
MSU walked seven batters, hit three more and uncorked three wild pitches and a passed ball, which led to all five of ULL's runs.
"You've got to spin a good breaking ball and locate pitches," said MSU coach
"You have to play clean baseball to win championships. That's the way we're built and it really wasn't that clean, especially in the third inning."
ULL tacked on another run in the fourth on a suicide squeeze before the Bulldogs were able to get on the board in the bottom half on a
La.-Lafayette finished with seven hits led by
MSU had six hits paced by Pirtle, who was 3-for-5 with an RBI and Bradford, who went 2-for-5 with an RBI.
"It's a long season and we've seen and gone through every situation," Bradford said. "I felt like we kept our composure and battled back. We ended up coming up a little bit short. But I'm proud of these guys and wouldn't want to be out there with another group of guys than I was with tonight."
Laster took the loss in his first decision of the season as the Bulldogs concluded their season at 39-24.
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