No. 14 Mississippi State will take on No. 6 Virginia in the Charlottesville Super Regional this weekend. The best-of-three series will begin Saturday and conclude Monday.
Saturday’s game will start at noon Central time and will be televised by ESPN2. Sunday’s game is set for 6 p.m. on ESPNU, and Monday’s if-necessary game will start at 3 p.m. on ESPN2. Here are dates and game times for all eight super regionals.
Both teams advanced by winning regionals they hosted; MSU beat Central Arkansas 6-1 on Monday night in the first regional hosted here in 10 years. Virginia (50-10), which finished second in the ACC Coastal Division this season won the ACC Tournament championship, finished off its regional Sunday by defeating Elon. The Cavaliers are the No. 6 national seed in this NCAA tournament, which is why they get to host the super regional. If MSU can win the series, it’ll make its ninth trip to the College World Series.
“I can’t name one player on their team because I’m the most superstitious person you’ve ever seen in every way,” MSU coach John Cohen said. “I know Virginia is outstanding, I know they’re one of the best ball clubs in the country.”
Virginia is No. 2 in the RPI rankings, eight spots ahead of MSU. The Cavs have won 12 of their last 14 games, but MSU is pretty hot, too, with 10 wins in its last 13 games.
“We’ll start trying to gather some film, all the information we can possibly find,” Cohen said. “And we’ll do what we did for this tournament. The easier thing though now is you’re focusing in on one club instead of three others. Certainly Virginia has been one of the elite programs in the country.”
MSU right fielder Hunter Renfroe said, “I play pretty well in Virginia, to be honest with you, in the summer league up there. It’s going to be exciting. Virginia’s a great team, so it’s going to be a battle between us.”
• Ticket info: You can purchase tickets either at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office, or since most of you probably don’t live there, you can call 1-800-542-8821 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time.
All-session general admission ticket books are $24, while all-session reserved ticket books are $36. Any remaining single-session tickets will go on sale Friday – $16 for reserved, $12 for general admission.
Davenport Field seats 4,956, and fans are encouraged to buy early.