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Robert Morey struggles in opportunity to win super regional

The Florida Marlins selected Virginia right-handed pitcher Robert Morey in the fifth round of last week's draft, and his production and performance throughout the season validates the pick. But Morey has struggled in his last three starts, the latest coming at a difficult time for the Cavaliers.

Morey had a chance to send U-Va. to the College World Series on Sunday when he took the mound in the first inning, but he failed to record an out in the third inning and left the game with six earned runs in two innings. He also walked three of 13 batters faced.

"I don't think I settled in like I should have," Morey said. "I felt great coming in. Prepared all week. Had the right mindset, just couldn't settle in. Probably too much adrenaline. I was pumped up, couldn't locate the ball."

Morey said when he struggles to locate the ball, the issue is his release point. He tried the rectify the release point during the game, but could not.

He also started Virginia's lone loss in the regionals, although Coach Brian O'Connor was not displeased with Morey leaving that game after allowing four earned runs in six innings. He also struggled in the Cavaliers' lone loss in the ACC tournament.

"Confidence is never an issue," Morey said. "It's all about making adjustments throughout the game."

Morey said he would be ready to go for Monday's game if needed in relief, but it did not sound as if O'Connor would use that option. O'Connor still has confidence in Morey -- and he needs to keep confidence, because Morey is Virginia's No. 2 starter -- but Sunday's performance was not a strong precursor to Omaha.

"Today, I don't know, it just looked like he didn't have his command," O'Connor said. "It looked like the ball was just flying all over the place. It didn't look like he had his best stuff. I hope he has an opportunity to right the ship next week."

By Zach Berman  |  June 14, 2010; 11:34 AM ET
 | Tags: Brian O'Connor, Robert Morey, Virginia baseball  
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