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.
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.