May 26, 2008
For the fifth consecutive season, the Cavalier baseball team is headed to the NCAA Regional, but unlike the past two years, Virginia will look to advance away from the friendly confines of Davenport Field. The Cavaliers head west to Cal State- Fullerton, where the fifth overall seeded Titans play host to the Cavaliers' regional bracket.
The Wahoos will begin play on Friday with second seeded UCLA, who made some noise in the PAC10 this season. The Titans are the top seed in the foursome, with Rider coming in at number four. The Cavaliers will look to advance past the opening round for the first time in school history.
In each of the last four seasons, Virginia has been eliminated in double-elimination fashion in this opening stage. Last season featured a meltdown, as the Cavaliers were six outs away from advancing, but succumbed to eventual national champion Oregon State, who entered last season as a third seed.
This is only the second time that Virginia has traveled for a NCAA regional. In 2005, the Cavs traveled to Corvalis, where they were unable to grab any victories. This season, they must win two games in the regional to reach 40 wins for the fifth straight year.