By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
STARKVILLE – The only job Alex Detz had all weekend was as designated hitter, and he did the job quite well.
The Mississippi State junior was named the most outstanding player of the Starkville Regional, going 8 for 13 at the plate over four games. He had two hits in MSU’s regional-clinching 6-1 win over Central Arkansas on Monday night.
Detz has played a good bit of third base this year, but sliding into the DH role was no trouble.
“Once the at-bat’s going, nothing else is really going through your head except the at-bat,” Detz said.
Other Bulldogs on the all-regional team were pitcher Chad Girodo, first baseman Wes Rea, second baseman Brett Pirtle and outfielder Hunter Renfroe.
Girodo tossed 62⁄3 innings of relief Monday to get the win. He also threw 12⁄3 shutout innings in Friday’s win over Central Arkansas.
Renfroe busts out
MSU right fielder Hunter Renfroe had struggled to get hits the last few weeks, but he wound up having a strong weekend, capped by a 3-for-4 outing Monday.
Renfroe drove in two runs with RBI singles in the fourth and sixth innings. He also scored a run in the first.
“I’ve just got to bring it over to Virginia,” he said.
MSU will be making its fifth super regional appearance when it travels to Charlottesville, Va., this weekend to take on Virginia. The super regional round – a best-of-three series – was added to the NCAA tournament in 1999.
The Bulldogs have won just one super regional, beating Clemson here in 2007. Their last appearance was 2011 against Florida, falling in three games in Gainesville.
Virginia, the tournament’s No. 6 national seed, closed out its regional on Sunday by defeating Elon.