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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2013 9:15 pm | Updated: 4:16 pm, Tue Jun 11, 2013.

Gloves and caps went flying into the air and a dog pile of players formed in the middle of the Davenport Stadium infield.

In their dugout along the first-base line, Virginia players watched in silence.

There will be no trip to Omaha for the Cavaliers this season.

UVa’s bid for its third College World Series in the last six years fell short on Monday afternoon.

In the continuation of a game that was suspended on Sunday night due to weather, the Cavaliers fell to Mississippi State in the Super Regional, 6-5.

“They beat us in a lot of phases of the game,” said Virginia coach Brian O’Connor, whose team finished with a record of 50-12. “They earned the right to move on.”

Virginia, which last appeared in the CWS in 2011, had been hoping to force a decisive do-or-die game on Monday night.

The game was announced as a sell-out, but the stadium was only about half-full. Fans had to show their ticket stubs from Sunday for reentry on Monday

In the post-game news conference, UVa starter Scott Silverstein, who had an uncharacteristicly poor outing on Sunday, was so overcome with emotion that he couldn’t speak when a reporter asked him about playing his last college game. Silverstein had to be consoled by battery mate Nate Irving, who was seated next to him.

The Cavaliers committed three errors and were outhit, 10-9. Still, they had the tying run on third base when Derek Fisher grounded to third to end the game.

Mississippi State fans were loud from the outset especially after Bulldogs star Hunter Renfroe opened the game in the bottom of the seventh inning with a double down the right-field line that Virginia right fielder Joe McCarthy misplayed into a triple.

One out later, Renfroe scored when McCarthy couldn’t corral a line drive that was hit just to the right of him. The extra run proved big when Mississippi State closer Jonathan Holder allowed two runs in the ninth.

“You cannot win this time of the year unless you pitch and play defense,” O’Connor said. “and we didn’t do that.”

Mississippi State advanced to play the Kansas State-Oregon State winner in the CWS, which begins in Omaha on Saturday.

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