Hunter Renfroe had three hits and two RBIs, and reliever Chad Girodo tossed 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball as No. 14 Mississippi State defeated Central Arkansas, 6-1, in the Starkville Regional title game Monday night.
The Bulldogs (46-18) have advanced to play Virginia in the Charlottesville Regional this weekend. The Cavaliers are the No. 6 national seed and won their regional on Sunday.
Alex Detz, Adam Frazier and Demarcus Henderson had two hits apiece. Detz, the designated hitter, was named the regional’s most outstanding player, going 8 for 13 over four games.
Girodo struck out a career-high 12, allowing only a meaningless run in the ninth inning to improve to 7-1. The offense gave plenty of support, scoring three times over the first two innings and collecting 11 hits.
UCA (42-22) had six hits and left 10 men on base.
This will be State’s second super regional trip under fifth-year coach John Cohen. The Bulldogs played at Florida in 2011, losing in three games.