College World Series Gets Started with the Opening Ceremonies
UVa will play Mississippi Sunday at 8pm at Ameritrade Park
OMAHA, Nebr. (WVIR) -
The College World Series is underway...with the opening ceremonies going on Friday night at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.The Cavaliers came on to the field as a team, along with the seven other schools in the CWS.
UVA may be making its third World Series appearance in the last six years, but the experience is all new for most of the current Wahoos.Junior second baseman Branden Cogswell says, "It was great. The set up here was amazing. The way that Omaha and TD Ameritrade went about the opening ceremonies, I'm speechless. The fireworks at the end were awesome."
The 'Hoos got their first feel for TD Ameritrade Park Friday afternoon with an hour long practice.
Junior outfielder Derek Fisher says, "We have a very defensively sound team. It's something we've been talking about all year. We've been out here today, and obviously it's a lot of ground to cover. It's a pretty big field, but our pitchers are going to throw strikes, and we're going to play baseball behind them."
Virginia's starter for Game One will be left-handed ace Nathan Kirby.
"It's a huge honor," says Kirby. "I think any one of us could go out there and start the first game. I just want to get out there and try to put my team in a position to win."
Earlier in the day the team posed for pictures in front of the famous "Road to Omaha" sculpture outside the ballpark.
Virginia has a recent history with Sunday's opponent Mississippi. The 'Hoos beat the Rebels in 2009 in a Super Regional, earning their first-ever trip to the College World Series.
UVa played and beat Ole Miss in a Regional at Davenport Field in 2010.
Head coach Brian O'Connor says, "Nothing in the past that we've done against Ole Miss factors into Sunday night. We know the kind of program Ole Miss has. We know how talented their players are. Our team is different from those past teams, and I'm sure (Rebels coach Mike Bianco) would say the same."
Virginia and Ole Miss will play Sunday at 8pm.
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