Upsets in College Baseball Leave UVa as Favorite to Win First National Championship
Five of the eight national seeds in the NCAA baseball tournament were eliminated in the regionals, including top-seed Oregon State and 2-seed Florida.
That leaves 3-seed Virginia has the highest national seed remaining and the favorite to win the first national championship in UVa school history.
UVa coach Brian O'Connor says, "Pretty amazing, a very unique year in the history of college baseball to have so many 2, 3, and 4 seeds advancing out of the regionals."
UVa infielder John LaPrise says, "We're just focused on what we do, its kind of shocking to see all those big seed go out."
UVa outfielder Derek Fisher says, "Being a national seed is just a number next to your name, but if you can't get out of the regional it means nothing, so just play as hard as you can and whatever happens in the end happens."
Before the 'Hoos hit the field Tuesday morning, they found out that their super regional with Maryland will start on Saturday.
Game one will be at noon, game two will be Sunday at noon. Both those games will be shown on ESPN2, and game three if necessary is tentatively scheduled to start Monday at Four o'clock.
O'Connor says, "So it gives us complete flexibility with what we want to do with our pitching, It allows us, if we choose to, to start Nathan Kirby to start game one, we'll look at that very closely."
Kirby would be Virginia's likely starter for game one because he's a left handed pitcher. Maryland's starting lineup is filled with six left handed hitters. When maryland beat Virginia two weeks ago they did so against right handed pitcher Artie Lewicki.
UVa pitcher Nick Howard says, "They have great left-handed bats, we saw what they could do in Greensboro and I think the second time around we'll prepare a little differently for them."
O'Connor says, "I think its great for our fan interest that its us and Maryland one last time before they depart the league."
First baseman Mike Papi says, "They got a great pitching staff and their offense is hot so we're going to play our game and see what happens."
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Marty Hudtloff is the Sports Director at WVIR-TV. He joined the NBC29 sports team in October of 2003. He has a degree in broadcast journalism from Bradley University. You can reach out to Marty via Email or Twitter.