Published on January 13, 2012 by Philip Poole
Posted by Philip Poole on 2012-06-04
Samford University's historic, record-setting baseball season came to an end Sunday (June 3) with a 5-2 loss to Florida State University in the NCAA baseball tournament. FSU moves on to host a Super Regional next weekend after eliminating Southern Conference champion Samford.
The loss ended the best season in history for the baseball Bulldogs, including a record 41 wins, the university's first-ever conference baseball championship and first-ever NCAA tournament appearance, two wins over Southeastern Conference champion Mississippi State in the NCAA tournament, regular season wins over nationally-ranked Florida and Oklahoma, the nation's leading home run hitter and several postseason honors for team members. The conference championship and NCAA tournament appearance garnered national exposure for the team and the university.
Tournament wrap-up story
Birmingham News column
Additional tournament coverage
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.