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Virginia coach Brian O'Connor addresses the media ahead of today's NCAA regional baseball play.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Record: 47-10 (at-large bid)
Coach: Brian O'Connor (459-159-2, 10 seasons)
Top hitters: LF Mike Papi (.400 batting average, 54 RBIs), CF Brandon Downes (leads team with nine home runs; 62 runs scored and 57 RBIs)
Top pitchers: LHP Kyle Crockett (1.81 ERA, 10 saves, 61-6 strikeout-walk ratio), LHP Scott Silverstein (9-1, 3.07 ERA)
About the Cavaliers: Before starting a run of 10 straight NCAA appearances, Virginia had made the NCAA tournament field three times in the past 40 years. ... Virginia, South Carolina and UCLA are the only teams hosting a regional for the fourth straight year. ... The Cavaliers are 23-1 against non-conference opposition this year, with the lone setback coming on April 10 when the visiting Radford Highlanders defeated Virginia 9-8.
Record: 29-21 (automatic bid as Patriot League champion)
Coach: Joe Sottlano (391-284-5, 14 years, 10 at Army)
Top hitters: 1B Patrick Mescher (team-high .345 batting average, and leads Army with 40 RBIs)
Top pitchers: RHP Chris Rowley (9-3, Patriot League-leading 2.68 ERA, league-leading 72 strikeouts) RHP Alex Robinett (7-3, 2.96 ERA)
About the Cadets: Army has won eight games in a row and has won 12 of its last 13 games away from home. ... The Patriot League champion is beginning NCAA play in Charlottesville for the fifth times in the last eight seasons. ... Jim Reid was previously the offensive coordinator for the Virginia football team and is now at Iowa. However, son Matt Reid is back in Charlottesville this weekend as the Army hitting coach.
Record: 32-28 (automatic bid as Southern Conference champions)
Coach: Mike Kennedy (575-406-3, 17 seasons)
Top hitter: 1B Ryan Kinsella (.329, 20 HRs, 75 RBIs), CF Sebastian Gomez (.332, 42 RBIs), SS Antonio Avarez (55 runs, 39 RBIs)
Top pitchers: RHP Kyle Webb (7-3, 3.66 ERA, 92 strikeouts in 98 1⁄ 3 innings), LHP Dylan Clark (6-4, 3.86 ERA)
About the Phoenix: Elon is making its sixth NCAA appearance in 14 seasons in Division I and has compiled a 3-10 record in tournament play. ... Elon and UNC-Wilmington are meeting for the 50th time. ... Kinsella was the Southern Conference player of the year. ... Senior catcher Alex Swim is Elon's all-time hits leader.
Record: 37-21 (at-large bid)
Coach: Mark Scalf (727-558-1, 22 seasons)
Top hitters: 2B Michael Bass (.352), RF Tyler Molinaro (11 HR, 33 RBIs), LF Luke Dunlap (.338, team-leading 44 RBIs),
Top pitchers: RHP Jordan Ramsey (6-6, 2.36 ERA), LHP Mat Batts (9-3, 3.07 ERA), LHP Kelly Secrest (3-1, 3.73 ERA, seven saves)
About the Seahawks: Wilmington won the regular-season Colonial Athletic Association title and will be making its sixth NCAA appearance since 2003. ... The CAA has three teams in the field for the first time since 2001. ... The Seahawks are being joined by CAA tournament champion Towson, as well as William and Mary. ... Molinaro is an Albemarle High School graduate.
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