UVa Baseball Arrives in Omaha for College World Series
UVa senior Artie Lewicki
OMAHA, NE (WVIR) -
The Virginia baseball team is playing in the College World Series for the third time in the last six years.
The Cavaliers were on a bus at Davenport Field bright and early Thursday morning, heading to Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport, where they got on a plane headed to Omaha and the CWS.
The UVa baseball team arrived in Nebraska about one o'clock.
All eight teams in the CWS are in town practicing at different locations.
The 'Hoos practiced for two hours at Bellevue East High School, which is just outside Omaha.
Virginia will be considered the favorite at this year's CWS.
Of the eight national seeds, only two of them advanced to Omaha: 3-seed UVa ann 7-seed TCU.
Seven of the eight teams here did not play in the CWS last year.
After the Cavaliers landed in Omaha Thursday, they drove straight to the stadium to see where they'll play the games.
Senior pitcher Artie Lewicki says, "Everyone thought it was pretty cool. We got a tour of the stadium. It was really nice. There's a lot of seats in there, a lot of stands. It's a beautiful field, and a great, overall baseball environment. You grow up dreaming about playing here, and now you're finally here. It's starting to become a reality. It's pretty cool."
Virginia's first opponent in the College World Series is Mississippi.
The Rebels upset 6-seed Louisiana-Lafayette in a Super Regional.
Mississippi is in the CWS for the first time in 42 years.
Virginia head coach Brian O'Connor says, "They look to be a very, very talented team, like Ole Miss teams that we've played in the past. Physical. Guys that can hit, guys that can run. Really good pitching. Their pitching seems to be pretty similar to us, so it should be a terrific match up on Sunday night."
UVa and Ole Miss square off Sunday at 8pm.
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