Virginia drawing on previous experiences as it enters super regional
Throughout what has already become a record-breaking season for Virginia baseball, the Cavaliers lost only one weekend series out of 13. They have not lost back-to-back games all year. When the best-of-three super regional against Oklahoma begins in Charlottesville on Saturday, it is this experience that keeps Coach Brian O'Connor confident.
"When it comes down to it this weekend, it's a three-game series," O'Connor said. "We got to approach it the same way. And if we do, we have a chance to advance on."
But there is also the experience of last season, when Virginia was newcomers to the second weekend of the NCAA baseball tournament. Every starting position player and most the contributing pitchers on this year's team were part of the team that went to Oxford, Miss., last season. They lost to Ole Miss in the first game of the super regional before winning their next two to advance to the College World Series.
Asked Wednesday if that experience has helped O'Connor this week, he acknowledged it has more for his players than for himself.
"I talked about it before, what it takes to win at this time of year. It's the little details," O'Connor said. "When you're playing another great team like Oklahoma, it's going to a matter of who executes and who performs in the clutch. Outside of that, there's really nothing else."
June 10, 2010; 11:19 AM ET
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