CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. | Game 1 of this super regional is in the books, and No. 14 Mississippi State finds itself one win away from Omaha, home of the College World Series. The Bulldogs (47-18) used a 20-hit attack to down No. 6 Virginia (50-11), 11-6, at Davenport Field today, with 4,956 looking on.
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• Over the past four seasons, the team to win Game 1 of a super regional went on to win the series 25 of 32 times. That’s a 78.1-percent success rate.
• Virginia is now 35-4 at home this year and had a 13-game home winning streak snapped. Today marked the first time this season the Cavaliers have lost a weekend series opener at Davenport Field.
• UVA has lost two games in a row on two occasions this season. It lost to Radford on April 10 and then Georgia Tech on April 12; then it lost the final two games of a road series against Virginia Tech. Virginia has not lost two straight at home this season.
• MSU has never won a super regional series on the road. It lost at Clemson in 2000, at Cal State Fullerton in 2001 and at Florida in 2011. State’s one super regional series win was in 2007 at home versus Clemson.
• The 11 runs MSU scored today is a school record for a super regional game. The 20 hits is also a record.
• Virginia yielded 20 hits in a game for the first since since May 15, 2007, when Coastal Carolina also had 20.
• Adam Frazier and Hunter Renfroe combined to go 10 of 11 with six RBIs and four runs scored. Renfroe has hit safely in six consecutive games, with an average of .482 (13 of 27) during the streak. He’s had at least three hits in three of those games.
• Frazier is now tied for third on the school’s single-season hit list with 100. He needs just four more hits to break Brian Wiese‘s mark.
• Brett Pirtle reached safely for the 37th consecutive game, going 1 for 5 with two RBIs.
• UVA freshman starting pitcher Brandon Waddell went 3 1/3 innings, his second-shortest outing of the season. He gave up six runs, three of them earned.
• Virginia’s four errors were a season high.
• MSU batted 7 of 16 with two outs.
• MSU turned four double plays, tying a season high, and it also tied a season high for double plays hit into by Virginia.