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Virginia earns No. 5 overall seed in NCAA baseball tournament

One year after Virginia’s run to the College World Series included trips to Irvine, Calif. and Oxford, Miss., the Cavaliers baseball team will not need to leave Charlottesville if it again reaches the College World Series.

Virginia earned the No. 5 overall seed in the 64-team tournament announced Monday. Charlottesville will host one of 16 regionals this weekend and, if the Cavaliers win the double-elimination bracket, one of eight super regionals next weekend.

The three other teams playing in the Charlottesville regional are Ole Miss, St. John’s and Virginia Commonwealth. The Cavaliers host VCU at 4 p.m. on Friday.

If Virginia advances to the super regionals, it plays a best-of-three game series against the winner of the Norman, Okla. regional that includes Oklahoma, California, North Carolina and Oral Roberts.

Coach Brian O’Connor did not object to the fifth overall seed, which still allows the Cavaliers to host the first two rounds.

“All that mattered to me is that we felt we earned a national seed,” O’Connor said. “Whether it was anywhere one through eight, it’s fine. I don’t think it matters that much whether you’re a two national seed or a five. …You’re going to play good teams. As long as you’re a national seed, and if we’re fortunate enough to play well and win this weekend, that means we’ll be playing here the following weekend.”

Virginia upset the Rebels in last season’s super regionals on their home field to reach the College World Series. The Rebels’ roster includes left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz, one of the top draft-eligible players. The Washington Nationals possess the top overall pick in the June 7 draft.

“Obviously, us and Ole Miss know each other pretty well after slugging it out for three games last year,” O’Connor said. “That’s kind of interesting that they would send them here, really. The fact that we were matched up against each other in the super regional last year, it’s kind of interesting they would send them here.”

By Zach Berman  |  May 31, 2010; 3:25 PM ET
 | Tags: Brian O'Connor, Virginia baseball  
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