Blog – Final: No. 14 Mississippi State 5, Central Arkansas 3, Starkville Regional (with video)

Records: MSU (44-17), UCA (39-21)

Attendance: 11,102

Game time: 2:33

Winning pitcher: Kendall Graveman (6-5)

Losing pitcher: Caleb McClanahan (10-6)

Save: Jonathan Holder

Play of the game: MSU turned a 3-6-4 double play on a sacrifice bunt in the sixth inning. UCA had runners on first and second with no outs. UCA’s Garrett Brown pushed the bunt down the first base line. MSU first baseman Wes Rea fielded the ball, threw to shortstop Adam Frazier who was standing on third for the first out and Frazier threw to second baseman Brett Pirtle who was standing on first for the second out.

Big inning: MSU scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Frazier had a RBI ground out, Alex Detz had a RBI infield single and Hunter Renfroe had a RBI double.

Stat of the game: 4: MSU committed four errors in the ballgame. They committed three of those errors in the fourth inning and two were committed by Graveman on one play.

Top Dawg: Wes Rea. Rea went 2-4 with two RBI and started the 3-6-4 double play.

Multiple hits: MSU (Alex Detz 3, Wes Rea 2, Brett Pirtle 2) UCA (Michael Marietta 2)

Quote of the night: “It was a great crowd that got loud. I haven’t been to a college atmosphere better than this, that’s for sure. It was neat to see and a lot of fun.” – UCA head coach Allen Gum said of the 11,102 fans in the stands

“He better not be here Sunday because it’s going to be even crazier than that.” – MSU sophomore 1B Wes Rea said in response to Gum’s quote

Song to describe game: Crazy by Gnarls Barkley

The game saw some weird plays with the 3-6-4 double play, the ball not seen by UCA left fielder and the four errors committed by MSU.

Notes: MSU notes

Video: MSU head coach John Cohen, senior RHP Kendall Graveman and sophomore 1B Wes Rea

What it means: No. 1 seed MSU will play No. 2 seed South Alabama tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the winner’s bracket. No. 4 seed UCA will play No. 3 seed Mercer in an elimination game tomorrow at 2 p.m.


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