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Virginia earns a walk-off victory over Mississippi State 5-4 and advances to the Charlottesville regional final

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Harrison Didawick hit a leadoff double in the bottom of the ninth and later scored to give host Virginia a 5-4 win over Mississippi State Saturday night in the Charlottesville Regional.

Virginia (43-15), the No. 12 national seed in the NCAA tournament, will play the St. John’s-Mississippi State winner in the regional final on Sunday.

Bobby Whalen, who was 0 for 6 in the regional, hit a ground ball up the middle that bounced off the chest of second baseman Amani Larry. Didawick, who had moved to third on a fielder’s choice, scored the game winner while standing.

Eric Becker hit a two-run triple in the second and a two-run single in the seventh for the Cavaliers.

Mississippi State (39-22) took a 3-2 lead in the third after Hunter Hines’ three-run home run. In the fourth, Bryce Chance singled, later stole third base and scored on a throwing error to make it 4-2.

Virginia’s Evan Blanco pitched six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and striking out seven. Jurrangelo Cijntje pitched seven innings for the Bulldogs, allowing four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts.

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