By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – A day after being drafted, Adam Frazier’s mind was clearly on the present, not the future.
The junior shortstop had a career-high six hits, and No. 14 Mississippi State rolled past No. 6 Virginia, 11-6, in Game 1 of the NCAA Charlottesville Super Regional at Davenport Field on Saturday.
MSU (47-18), which had 20 hits, can advance to its ninth College World Series with a win today. First pitch is 6 p.m.
Frazier, who was drafted in the sixth round by Pittsburgh on Friday, had two doubles, a triple and three RBIs. His six hits tied a single-game school record.
“Any time you get stuff off your mind and some pressure off of you, it’s always going to be more relaxed, and I think that goes for everybody that got drafted yesterday,” Frazier said.
Hunter Renfroe was drafted Thursday, in the first round by San Diego. He was 4 of 5 against Virginia (50-11) with three RBIs. He and Frazier both tripled during a three-run fourth inning, when State opened up a 7-3 lead.
Cavaliers error prone
Virginia starter Brandon Waddell (6-3) went 31⁄3 innings and gave up six runs, but three of them were unearned. The Cavaliers made four errors, leading to six unearned runs.
Demarcus Henderson had three hits, and his sac fly in the third gave State a 4-3 lead. Wes Rea also had three hits.
MSU was up 10-4 when Virginia got two runs back in the sixth and chased starter Kendall Graveman with one out and the bases full. After Ross Mitchell walked in a run, he induced a double play ball by Jared King to end the threat.
Graveman (7-5) allowed six runs – four earned – on nine hits in 51⁄3 innings. He settled in after UVA scored three in the first, getting two strikeouts to end the rally.
“I do think those two strikeouts kind of springboarded Kendall a little bit toward that next inning,” MSU coach John Cohen said.