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Mississippi State Holds Off UVa to Clinch Charlottesville Super Regional

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Mississippi State Holds Off UVa to Clinch Charlottesville Super Regional

virginiasports.com-CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Two weather delays that lasted a total of 18 hours and 25 minutes moved the conclusion of game two of the 2013 NCAA Charlottesville Super Regional to Monday afternoon where Mississippi State adverted ninth inning heroics by Virginia, holding onto a 6-5 win in front of a sellout crowd of 4,956 at Davenport Field. Mississippi State wins the super regional series 2-0 and advances to the College World Series, which begins June 15 at TD Ameritrade Stadium in Omaha, Neb.

Virginia scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning and had the tying run on third base when Derek Fisher (So., Rexmont, Pa.) grounded out to third base to end the game.  Kenny Towns (So., Burke, Va.) led off the final frame with a single to right field.  Nate Irving (So., Yonkers, N.Y.) grounded out softly to second base, allowing Towns to advance to second.  Mike Papi (So., Tunkhannock, Pa.) walked, reaching base for the 22nd consecutive game. After Jared King (Sr., Radford, Va.) stuck out, Joe McCarthy (Fr., Scranton, Pa.) singled, scoring Towns.  Brandon Downes (So., South Plainfield, N.J.) then reached base when his ball hit deep in the hold on the right side was muffed by MSU closer Jonathan Holder, allowing Papi to score when the ball rolled into Virginia’s dugout. Holder then secured his 18th save of the season when he induced Fisher to ground out, ending UVa’s season.

Mississippi State improves to 48-18, while UVa concludes the 2013 season with a 50-12 mark, the third 50-win season in program history and third in the past four seasons.