Virginia Baseball: Greenville Regional Peek

Brian Gursky and Virginia earned the No. 2 seed in the Greenville NCAA Regional. ~ Photo By Kris Wright/

The Virginia baseball team is headed to Greenville, North Carolina, for its NCAA Tournament Regional. As the regional No. 2 seed, the Hoos will take on Coastal Carolina, the No. 3 seed, in their first game on Friday, while the host and No. 1 seed East Carolina will face the No. 4 seed Coppin State. The four teams will play in a double-elimination format with the Regional winner moving on to the Super Regional round.

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Virginia – No. 2 Seed

Last year, Virginia made it all the way to the College World Series for the fifth time since 2009. This year, the Cavaliers will hope to return to the CWS yet again, but they’ll need to play much better than they have been of late. They enter the NCAA Tournament on a three-game losing streak after they closed out the regular season with a loss to Louisville and crashed out of the ACC Tournament with losses to Florida State and Notre Dame. Those losses also likely removed the Hoos from consideration for any top 16 national seed and the chance to host a regional at home in Charlottesville.

After racing out to a 26-3 record and the No. 3 rank in the country as of early April, Virginia battled through the ACC, going 17-13 in conference play. The Hoos started ACC play well, winning their first four series against Duke, Boston College, Georgia Tech, and then Wake Forest. But things took a turn for the worse soon after as the Hoos lost five straight games – including a 3-game sweep by Miami – for the first time since 2003. Following that five-game losing streak, the Hoos’ inability to win games consistently like they had earlier in the season resulted in just a 12-9 record in their final 21 games, including the ACC Tournament. The Cavaliers hold a 38-17 overall record heading into the NCAA Tournament and rank 24th in the RPI, a metric that quantifies a team’s wins, losses, and strength of schedule into a ranking.