By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
OMAHA, Neb. – Adam Frazier is the new hit king for Mississippi State.
The junior shortstop went 2 for 4 in Saturday’s 5-4 win over Oregon State in the College World Series, giving him 104 hits on the season. That broke the school’s single-season record for hits held previously by Brian Wiese (1998).
Frazier tied the mark with a leadoff double in the first inning. He broke it on an infield single in the fifth.
“I wasn’t really thinking about it, especially when I tied it with that first at-bat,” Frazier said. “But really all I cared about was winning the game today. And that’s what we did.
“I guess to get the record and a win today makes it even better.”
Things got interesting for MSU in the bottom of the ninth, but closer Jonathan Holder still got the job done for his 19th save.
With a man on first base and one out, Holder had to face Michael Conforto, who’d already had four hits on the game. Holder walked him but didn’t feel too bad about it.
“Wasn’t going to let him really get off a good swing and hurt us,” Holder said. “So I was all right with the walk there and trying to get a ground ball with the next guy.”
Holder got a strikeout with the next guy, but then Danny Hayes – who has six home runs this year – stepped in and nearly ended the game in walk-off fashion.
Holder hung a 2-2 curveball, and Hayes launched it to deep right field. Hunter Renfroe raced back and caught it just shy of the wall to clinch the win.
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t scared,” MSU third baseman Sam Frost said.
Frost was involved in a couple of big moments early in the game – one good, one bad.
First, the bad. In the first inning, Frost fielded a ground ball off the bat of leadoff man Tyler Smith and bounced the throw into the stands. That led to two unearned runs for the Beavers.
But in the second inning, Frost stroked an RBI single to spark a three-run rally. Frost said he noticed OSU pitcher Andrew Moore was having trouble with his off-speed pitch, so he was looking for a fastball to hit.
“I missed one, and I guess he located it, and he came right back with it, and I just jumped on it,” Frost said.