Jun 10, 2013 7:18 PM by Andrew Masuda
Mission Prep graduate and former Cuesta College star Alex Detz fielded a ground ball at third and threw out the runner to send his Mississippi State teammates into a frenzy. Detz and the Bulldogs won the completion of a suspended game 6-5 against Virginia on Monday to advance to the College World Series for the first time since 2007.
Detz went 0 for 4, but walked in the first inning to reach base for the 18th straight game. It was his 52nd walked of the season, which moved him in a tie for tenth for most walks in a single season at MSU. The junior infielder is hitting .323 with 40 runs scored and 31 RBI this season. He leads the team in walks and boasts a .457 on-base percentage.
Former San Luis Obispo Blues star Adam Frazier had two more hits and two RBIs and Wes Rea hit a two-run home run to lead the Bulldogs offensively. The Bulldogs (48-18) needed six outs to complete the sweep, and used reliever Jonathan Holder to get them to secure their ninth trip to the College World Series, and first since 2007.
Mississippi State added an insurance run in the seventh, again with help from shoddy fielding by the Cavaliers (50-12), and it proved huge when Virginia rallied for two runs in the ninth inning. Derek Fisher grounded out to Detz with runners on second and third to end the game.
Former Blues pitcher Chad Girodo earned the win to improve to 8-1. The lefty struck out 10 in 4 2/3 innings of relief. He allowed 2 runs and 5 hits.
MSU faces the winner of Monday night's Oregon State/Kansas State game in Omaha later this week. The College World Series is a double-elimination format with the championship series being a best of 3 series.
UCLA, Indiana, Louisville, Mississippi State, LSU and North Carolina State have already punched their tickets to Omaha, Nebraska. Kansas State and Oregon State, as well as North Carolina and South Carolina are battling it out for the final two spots.
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