Mississippi St sweeps Virginia 6-5

Mississippi St sweeps Virginia 6-5
June 10, 2013, 5:15 pm
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By HANK KURZ Jr., AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Adam Frazier had more hits and two RBIs and Wes Rea hit a two-run home run and Mississippi State clinched a spot in the College World Series by winning the completion of a suspended game 6-5 against Virginia on Monday.

The Bulldogs (48-18) needed six outs to complete the sweep, and used reliever Jonathan Holder to get them to secure their ninth trip to the College World Series, and first since 2007.

Mississippi State added an insurance run in the seventh, again with help from shoddy fielding by the Cavaliers (50-12), and it proved huge when Virginia rallied for two runs in the ninth inning.

Derek Fisher grounded out to third with runners on second and third to end the game.

The Cavaliers made seven errors in two games while their pitchers allowed 30 hits.

Frazier, who was 6-for-6 in the opener, had run-scoring singles in the second and fourth innings on Sunday, and Rea hit a mammoth home run over the bleachers in left field in the third as the Bulldogs built a 5-1 lead. Virginia closed to 5-3 when rain suspended play in the middle of the seventh.

As play resumed Monday, Hunter Renfroe doubled inside the first base bag and Joe McCarthy misplayed the ball, allowing Renfroe to take third. He scored when C.T. Bradford followed with another single.

Some sloppiness by the Bulldogs in the ninth made it interesting. Kenny Towns led off with a single and Mike Papi walked. Jared King struck out looking for the second out, but Joe McCarthy hit a soft grounder to third and just beat the throw and a run scored.

Brandon Downed grounded to first, and Rea picked it up and tried to flip it to Holder covering, but tossed it behind him as another run scored and the runners took second and third.

Fisher, 3-for-38 in his NCAA tournament career, then grounded to third to end it.

The Cavaliers scored two runs in the top of the sixth, but were otherwise shut down by reliever Chad Girodo, who struck out 10 in just 4 2-3 innings and stranded seven base runners.

When play resumed Monday, the Bulldogs brought in Holder, whose school-record 17 saves came with a 1.17 ERA and 81 strikeouts and just 14 walks in 46 innings.