TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Charles Basford pitched eight shutout innings and four Samford teammates homered to lead the Southern Conference champions to a 5-0 victory over Southeastern Conference winner Mississippi State in the opening game of the Tallahassee Regional on Friday.
Brandon Miller, Saxon Butler, C.K. Irby and Christiaan Durdaller all homered for Samford, which put the game away with three home runs in the eighth inning.
Basford (10-2) scattered five hits before giving way in the ninth to Irby, who got the final three outs. Basford, who played his high school ball in Tallahassee, had a season-high 131 pitches and struck out four.
Miller's 23rd home run in the second inning got the scoring started against Mississippi State ace Chris Stratton (11-2).
Irby had three hits for Samford (40-21) while Mitch Slauter had two for Mississippi State (39-23).
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