WCAV-WVAW-WAHU | Charlottesville, Virginia | Sports

Cavaliers Season Ends With Loss to Mississippi State

The Virginia baseball team's comeback attempt fell short, as the Cavaliers lost 6-5 to Mississippi State Monday in game two of the NCAA Super Regional.

The game began Sunday, before rain and thunderstorms forced it to be delayed until Monday at 4 p.m. When the game resumed, the Cavaliers were down 5-3, with Mississippi State batting in the bottom of the eighth.

The Bulldogs struck early after the game resumed. Junior Hunter Renfroe started things off with a double, then advanced to third on an error by Joe McCarthy. Three batters later, C.T. Bradford singled into right field, scoring Renfroe to give Mississippi State a 6-3 lead.

That score held until the top of the ninth when, with runners on first and third, McCarthy knocked a base hit to third to score Kenny Towns and bring the Cavaliers within two runs. Brandon Downes then reached on a fielder error by Mississippi State pitcher Jonathan Holder, allowing Mike Papi to come home and cutting the lead to 6-5.

With two outs and runners on second and third, Derek Fisher grounded out to third, for the final out of the game.

"They certainly earned it this weekend," head coach Brian O'Connor said of Mississippi State after the loss. "They beat us, in a lot of phases of the game. They've got a really nice ball club."

Sophomore catcher Nate Irving echoed that sentiment. "I think some of the credit has to be given to Mississippi State. They put pressure on us the entire weekend. There were a lot of quality pitches they put in play and made us make plays."

Mississippi State advances to the College World Series after sweeping Virginia 2-0 in the Super Regional. The Cavaliers finish the season with a 50-12 overall record.

"We're just disappointed we couldn't get a chance to play one more ballgame, but really proud of our team," O'Connor added.
"Really proud of Kyle Crockett, coming back today and giving us his best. Obviously, it's a very, very difficult loss and we're disappointed, and wish we'd had another chance to play."


The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
     
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
     
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.

 

powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 210890031