Bulldogs Beat Virginia, 6-5, Punch Ticket to Omaha

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. | Mississippi State is headed back to Omaha.

The No. 14 Bulldogs (48-18) had to wait about 18 hours to get the final six outs, but they did so to finish off a 6-5 win over No. 6 Virginia at Davenport Field. Game 2, which was suspended by rain and lightning Sunday night, resumed at 4:05 p.m. local time with MSU leading 5-3. After State tacked on a run in the seventh, closer Jonathan Holder let home a couple of runs in the ninth but got a groundout to third base with runners at second and third.

MSU’s last CWS appearance was 2007. So it’s the first under fifth-year coach John Cohen, who has taken the program to three consecutive NCAA tournaments.

State got to Omaha this time by winning a regional at home last weekend, and then sweeping the best-of-three against Virginia (50-12). MSU won Saturday’s opener, 11-6.

Box score

No. 14 Miss. State 6, Virginia 5

Virginia 010 002 002 – 5 9 3

Miss. State 012 200 10x – 6 10 2

WP: Chad Girodo (8-1). LP: Scott Silverstein (10-2). S: Jonathan Holder (18).

Multiple hits: (UVA) Jared King, Kenny Towns; (MSU) Adam Frazier, C.T. Bradford, Derrick Armstrong. 2B: (UVA) Nate Irving; (MSU) Hunter Renfroe. HR: (UVA) Brandon Downes. DP: UVA 1. LOB: UVA 9, MSU 8. T: 3:46. A: 4,956.

Records: Virginia 50-12, MSU 48-18.

I am the online content coordinator for DJournal.com. Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04). I'm working on a recipe for bacon-flavored coffee, which would solve all the world's problems.

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