By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Hunter Renfroe has a hot bat again this postseason.
The Mississippi State junior outfielder had four hits and three RBIs in Saturday’s 11-6 win over Virginia in the super regional opener. A first-round draft pick of San Diego, Renfroe is now batting (.455) 10 of 22 in NCAA tournament play this year.
Including the SEC Tournament, he’s hitting .364 (16 of 44) with 10 RBIs in the postseason. Renfroe had ended the regular season in a 14-of-62 slump.
“Like I said and always have said, it starts with a rhythm at the plate, and once you have a rhythm at the plate, it’s going to work very well for us and for each individual,” he said.
MSU reliever Ross Mitchell wasn’t very sharp Saturday, but he got out of some trouble by inducing inning-ending double plays in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.
Virginia loaded the bases in the sixth, and then Mitchell relieved Kendall Graveman only to walk in a run. But then he got a double play to maintain a 10-6 MSU lead.
“He was making a lot of pitches down in the zone,” UVA coach Brian O’Connor said. “We got some runners on, we just couldn’t get that one more hit to get him out of the ballgame.”
MSU turned four double plays in all and has 76 on the season.
With his six hits Saturday, MSU’s Adam Frazier has 100 on the season, tying him for third on the school single-season chart with Richard Lee. Frazier is two hits behind Tommy Raffo for second and needs three to tie Brian Wiese’s record.
“I didn’t know that,” Frazier said, “but hopefully I can get a couple more then.”