June 9, 2013
Game 1, MSU 11, UVa 6
Bulldogs, Cavaliers Halted by
By Sean Ryan
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –
Rain came early. And rain came late.
In between, Mississippi State put itself in
position to return to the College World Series for the first
time since 2007.
Chad Girodo struck out 10 over 4.2 relief
innings, and Adam Frazier had two hits and two RBI Sunday night
as the Bulldogs built a 5-3 lead on Virginia before heavy rain
halted play in the bottom of the seventh inning. When play
resumes Monday at 4 p.m., Mississippi State will be looking for
six outs, while the Cavaliers will look to extend their season
one more game after dropping Saturday’s opener of the
Charlottesville Super Regional.
Frazier, who went 6 for 6 with two runs and three
RBI in the series opener, had an RBI single up the middle to tie
the score at 1 – Virginia center fielder Brandon Downes, who had
homered in the top of the inning, fired a strike to nail
Demarcus Henderson at the plate and get the Cavaliers out of the
inning with no further damage.
After Wes Rea hit a mammoth, two-run homer to
left off Scott Silverstein, who entered 10-1 with a 2.86 ERA, in
the third, Frazier added another RBI single, and Derrick
Armstrong scored from second on a throwing error by Virginia
shortstop Nick Howard for a 5-1 lead.
The Cavaliers got two back on Nate Irving’s hard
liner to third baseman Alex Detz, who got a glove on the shot
but couldn’t keep it from going down the line for a double.
That was about the only hard-hit ball off of
Girodo, who replaced Trevor Fitts with one out in the third
inning. Girodo, a lefty with a 7-1 record, 1.10 ERA and a
team-leading 34 appearances, handcuffed the Cavaliers in
general, and tied up Virginia’s lefties in particular – of his
10 strikeouts, seven came against left-handed hitters.