Tag: Super Regionals
UVA left fielder Kevin Doherty watched Maryland coach John Szefc give the signal to closer Kevin Mooney. Four. Mooney was to intentionally walk Joe McCarthy with two outs in the eight inning, runners on second and third, the Terps up one, to get to Doherty, who had gone 0-for-3 on the day against Maryland starter Mike Shawaryn, and had looked ugly on a pair of strikeouts.
UVA baseball coach Brian O’Connor told reporters Thursday on the eve of Game 1 of the Cavs’ Super Regional series with Maryland that ace lefty Nathan Kirby has been medically cleared to pitch, but O’Connor says it is still doubtful that he will use Kirby this weekend.
I write a version of this column on #UVABaseball every year, and it’s remarkable to say that this is the fifth one in six years, about what Virginia playing a Super Regional in Charlottesville means for some of us diehards who remember the many, many lean years.
UVA is in its third College World Series in the past six seasons, and with a 4-1 win over Ole Miss on Saturday will be making its first-ever appearance in the CWS Finals.
UVA pitching coach Karl Kuhn had a simple message for starting pitcher Josh Sborz.
Ideally, heading into Friday night, with Virginia having a chance to win its way to the CWS Finals, Brian O’Connor would have Artie Lewicki on the mound in the first inning, but having already thrown four innings this week, at best he will be available for an inning or two on the back end.
UVA sophomore lefty Brandon Waddell isn’t going to blow you away with his fastball, though he has a good fastball, consistently 90-92 on the gun.
Yeah, yeah. UVA was 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position, reminiscent of the struggles in Game 1 of the Super Regionals against Maryland, which won 5-4 while the ‘Hoos left 14 on base and had one runner thrown out at the plate.
Assessing UVA’s chances to win it all this year, it comes down to this: if O’Connor can get the same output from his offense that he has been getting the past four weeks, and the starters continue to put up dominating, innings-eating efforts on the mound, the Cavs have to be the pick to win it all.
Middle relief has been the weak link for UVA baseball’s run toward a national title in recent weeks, even as UVA coach Brian O’Connor has done his best to mask the issue with the front door of his bullpen.
The regional wasn’t easy for UVA, on paper, with an SEC team as the #2 seed and the #14 team in the final regular-season national polls as the #3.
It wasn’t just the preseason #1 ranking. The heralded 2011 UVA baseball signing class has had to carry the weight of expectations for three years.
As the top national seed remaining, it would be hard to argue UVA not being the favorite to win the 2014 College World Series. Now for the reality check: there’s a lot of baseball still to be played, and a lot of good baseball teams to play them.
Brian O’Connor went to bed Saturday night after his UVA baseball team had dropped Game 1 of its Super Regional series to Maryland knowing that he would use his Game 3 starter, Artie Lewicki, to get whatever late key outs he needed in Game 2.
Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham reports from Davenport Field in Charlottesville, Va., on Virginia’s 11-2 win over Maryland in the 2014 NCAA Baseball Super Regionals. The win sends UVA to its third appearance in the College World Series in the past six seasons.
Postgame interview with UVA coach Brian O’Connor and Cavalier players following VIrginia’s 7-3 win in Game 2 of the 2014 NCAA Super Regionals over Maryland.
Postgame interviews with Maryland coaches and players after the Terps’ 7-3 loss in Game 2 of the 2014 NCAA Super Regionals to #3 UVA.
The UVA baseball team forced a decisive Game 3 of the Charlottesville Super Regional, downing Maryland 7-3 in Game 2 Sunday afternoon at Davenport Field.
Augusta Free Press is back in Davenport Field in Charlottesville, Va., on Sunday for Game 2 of the 2014 NCAA Super Regionals pitting #3 national seed UVA (47-14) and Maryland (40-21).
UVA baseball is the Atlanta Braves of the 1990s and early 2000s. Remember those Braves teams? Always in contention for a World Series, division champs every year from 1991-2005, but only taking one world championship, in 1995.