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O'Connor: Strasburg's debut "doesn't surprise me'

Even with an NCAA super regional this weekend, Virginia baseball Coach Brian O'Connor found time on Tuesday to watch some of Stephen Strasburg's first start with the Washington Nationals.

O'Connor, who coached the Cavaliers to a win in Strasburg's final collegiate game, caught the final two innings of Strasburg's debut. Strasburg struck out all six batters he faced.

"Doesn't surprise me," O'Connor said. "The kid's got unbelievable ability. The only thing you didn't know was how was he going to handle that stage. How was he going to handle all the pressure of, here's Stephen Strasburg's first start. And the guy handled it like a winner. It was remarkable to watch."

By Zach Berman  |  June 10, 2010; 3:58 PM ET
 | Tags: Brian O'Connor, Stephen Strasburg  
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O'Conner's way too classy to say it. Fortunately, I'm not: Stephen Strasburg's went 13-1 last year and his final college game was a loss to Virginia in the NCAA Regionals last year.

He dominated the Cavs, yet still lost because on that day Robert Morey pitched a better game and Virginia's bats just wouldn't be denied.

Posted by: kemp13 | June 11, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure the way Strasburg is pitching now and if UVA came to the plate with wooden bats, he would toss a perfect game

Posted by: psock1 | June 11, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

No matter the time, place or dimension, UVA's nine will always be undefeated against Strasburg. Virginia had simply too much talent and heart for the mighty, yet mortal, Strasburg to shut down.

Posted by: ShovelPlease | June 11, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

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