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Posted: Friday, June 7, 2013 9:00 pm | Updated: 9:41 am, Sat Jun 8, 2013.


Record: 50-10, 22-8 ACC

Road to Super Regional: Charlottesville Regional champions (3-0)

Head coach: Brian O’Connor (10th season at UVa; 461-159-2)

NCAA history: 13th appearance; fourth Super Regional; two College World Series appearances (2009, 2011)

Projected lineup: LF Mike Papi (.393, 6 HRs, 55 RBI), 1B Jared King (.287, 1 HR, 38 RBI), RF Joe McCarthy (.333, 4 HRs, 50 RBI), CF Brandon Downes (.318, 9 HRs, 58 RBI), DH Derek Fisher (.306, 7 HRs, 47 RBI), 2B Reed Gragnani (.301, 3 HRs, 48 RBI), SS Nick Howard (.321, 3 HRs, 38 RBI), 3B Kenny Towns (.283, 7 HRs, 43 RBI), C Nate Irving (.286, 30 RBI)

Projected rotation: LHP Brandon Waddell (6-2, 3.80 ERA), LHP Scott Silverstein (10-1, 2.86 ERA), RHP Whit Mayberry (4-0, 2.45 ERA)

Fast facts: Virginia is one of five schools to compete in at least four of the last five NCAA Super Regionals. ... The Cavaliers faced three Super Regional hosts this season, going a combined 9-1 against Florida State, N.C. State and North Carolina. ... Since being inserted into UVa’s lineup as a pinch-hitter on March 15 at Clemson, Mike Papi is batting .415 with 49 runs scored and 50 RBI in the last 44 games. ... The Wahoos didn’t allow a run in the final four innings of any game in the Regional. ... Virginia has not lost either of the first two games of a home series this season. ... Virginia’s 7-8-9 hitters batted .400 in the Regional.


Mississippi State

Record: 46-18, 16-14 SEC

Road to Super Regional: Starkville Regional champions (3-1)

Head coach: John Cohen (Fifth season at MSU; 172-129)

NCAA history: 33rd appearance; fifth Super Regional; eight College World Series appearances (1971, 1979, 1981, 1985, 1990, 1997, 1998, 2007)

Projected lineup: SS Alex Frazier (.344, 33 RBI), DH Alex Detz (.330, 1 HR, 31 RBI), RF Hunter Renfroe (.352, 15 HRs, 58 RBI), 2B Brett Pirtle (.310, 2 HRs, 31 RBI), 1B Wes Rea (.276, 6 HRs, 35 RBI), CF C.T. Bradford (.288, 1 HR, 24 RBI), 3B Sam Frost (.295, 9 HRs, 31 RBI), LF Demarcus Henderson (.265, 20 RBI), C Nick Ammirati (.264, 1 HR, 23 RBI)

Projected rotation: RHP Kendall Graveman (6-5, 2.94 ERA), LHP Luis Pollorena (6-3, 4.32 ERA), TBA

Fast facts: Potential Sunday starter Luis Pollorena is a leukemia survivor. The senior won a four-year battle with the disease as a child. ... Sophomore closer Jonathan Holder has an SEC-leading 17 saves this season and 26 for his career. He is three shy of tying the program’s all-time record. ... Junior second baseman Brett Pirtle has reached base in 37 consecutive games. ... Junior right fielder Hunter Renfroe was a first round selection (13th overall) of the San Diego Padres on Thursday evening. Renfroe is batting .352 with 15 home runs and 58 RBI. ... The 1985 Bulldogs, third-place finishers in the College World Series, featured future big leaguers Will Clark, Rafael Palmeiro, Jeff Brantley and Bobby Thigpen.

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