Virginia's Season Ends with 6-5 Loss to Mississippi St. in Super Regional
The UVa baseball team had it season come to an end Monday afternoon with a 6-5 loss to Mississippi State in an NCAA Super Regional game that was continued from Sunday.
Mississippi State wins the Super Regional 2-0 and advances to the College World Series for the first time since 2007.
Virginia fell behind 6-3 when pitcher Kyle Crockett gave up a run in the bottom of the seventh inning, but the 'Hoos made it interesting in the ninth scoring two runs before Derek Fisher grounded out with runners on second and third for the game's final out.
Cavalier coach Brian O'Connor said, "I'm very very proud of our club. The ninth inning rally did not surprise me at all because that has been consistent with our team all year long. This time of year in that final 16 its about getting hot. It's about pitching and playing defense. We just were not that hot team. "
UVa catcher Nick Irving said, "They put pressure on us the entire weekend. There were a lot of quality pitches that they put in play and made us make plays and that it - I just don't really know what else to say... We face some amazing ball clubs this year and Mississippi State is right up there with each of them. They did a great job with two strikes this weekend. They were aggressive in the box. They took aggressive swings and they kept their cool when they needed to. They did what they needed to and they got the job done."
Virginia trailed 5-3 Sunday night when the game was postponed due to rain in the seventh inning. There were two weather delays that lasted 18 hours and 25 minutes including over night on Sunday. Virginia sophomore Brandon Downes gave Virginia a 1-0 lead with a mammoth solo home run to lead off the second inning.
The Cavaliers finish the season with a record of 50-12.
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