Mississippi St. slides past UVA

Mississippi St. slides past UVA
June 8, 2013, 6:15 pm
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Adam Frazier went 6 for 6, Hunter Renfroe was 4 for 5 and they each drove in three runs Saturday to help Mississippi State beat Virginia 11-6 in the first game of the Charlottesville super regional.

The Bulldogs (47-18) pounded Virginia pitching for 20 hits and benefited from uncharachteristic sloppiness by the Cavaliers, who made four errors that led to six unearned runs.

Virginia (50-11) had 11 hits, but also hit into four rally-killing double plays.

Kendall Graveman (7-5) went 5 1-3 innings for the Bulldogs, allowing nine hits and all six runs, just four of them earned. He struck out three and walked two. Ross Mitchell finished, allowing just two hits and three walks in 3 2-3 innings.

Mississippi State turned double plays in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, squelching Cavaliers rally attempts.

Brandon Waddell (6-3) lasted just 3 1-3 for the Cavaliers, allowing six hits and six runs, three earned. The Cavaliers, whose dominant pitching and nearly flawless defense carried them to a sweep in the e regional round, used five pitchers, all freshmen, and gave up a season high for hits.

Frazier had three singles, two doubles and a triple, and Renfroe, the No. 13 pick in this week's Major League Baseball draft, singled three times and hit a two-run triple to straightaway centerfield and the Bulldogs led almost all the way.

The Bulldogs led 2-0 after the top of the first, but Virginia scored three times in the bottom of the inning.

Mississippi State went ahead to stay with two in the third, then kept piling on as they added three in the fourth, one in the fifth and two more in the sixth, stunning a sellout crowd at Davenport Field.

In the final innings, as the hits kept on falling for the Bulldogs, their contingent of maroon-clad fans began celebrating with chants and cheers, turning the finish into a virtual home atmosphere.