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Cavaliers Prepare For Bulldogs

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UVa head coach Brian O'Connor UVa head coach Brian O'Connor

The Virginia baseball team is hosting a Super Regional for the third time in the last four years, as the Cavaliers welcome in Mississippi State this weekend.  

The Bulldogs beating Central Arkansas to advance Monday night in the Starkville Regional.

UVa head coach Brian O'Connor and the 'Hoos were on the diamond practicing at Davenport Field Monday.

That includes shortstop Branden Cogswell, who's been out about a month with a broken finger on his throwing hand.

O'Connor says he's not sure if the sophomore will be able to play against the Bulldogs.

After playing in a four-team, double-elimination bracket in the Regional over the weekend, UVa will be back to a best-of-three series this week.  

That's good news for Virginia, as the Cavaliers have won the first two games of every home series this year.

Winning the first two games this weekend would send the 'Hoos to Omaha.

Senior first baseman Jared King says, "This is really just another series.  Obviously what's on the line is more important.  We're going to handle it like it's any other series.  If we take care of the things we can control, I think we'll be successful."

O'Connor adds, "Mississippi State looks like they have a tremendous pitching staff, with a lot of strikeouts.  A lot of really talented guys in their bullpen.  Athletic position players that have power and can run.  They're your traditional top part of the SEC kind of team."  

Freshman Brandon Waddell has been Virginia's Game One Starter all season, but that duty could also fall on the shoulders of senior Scott Silverstein, who pitched six shut-out innings against Elon in the Regional.

Silverstein says, "I had jitters before the game I pitched in the Regional.  This place is unbelievable.  I'm sure the Super Regional will be, if not better, hopefully the same, because it was pretty cool."  

Virginia and Mississippi State will open their best of three series at Davenport Field Saturday at one o'clock.

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