June 2, 2009
The Virginia baseball team is preparing for its Super Regional matchup with Ole Miss in Oxford, MS.
The Cavaliers are coming off an impressive performance in the Irvine Regional. Virginia beat pitcher Stephen Strasburg and the San Diego State Aztecs 5-1 in its first game last week. Strasburg is projected to be the #1 overall pick in this year's MLB draft. The Cavaliers then went on to beat the #1 team in the country in UC-Irvine twice at the Anteaters' home field to advance to the first Super Regional in program history.
It took Ole Miss four days to win its Regional in Oxford. The Rebels beat Monmouth in their first game and Western Kentucky in their second game. After losing to WKU in the third game, the Rebels then beat the Hilltoppers Monday night to advance to the Super Regional. Ole Miss pitcher Drew Pomeranz threw a complete game two-hitter and struck out a school-record 16 batters Monday night to lead the Rebels to the win.
Ole Miss comes in to the Super Regional with an overall record of 43-18, while Virginia comes in with an overall record of 46-12-1. The two teams have met twice previously, with both meetings taking place in the 1972 NCAA District III playoffs. Virginia won the first game 9-3 and Ole Miss took the second game 9-0.
Game one of the Oxford Super Regional is set for 2 pm on Friday, with game two taking place at noon on Saturday. If there is a need for a game three, it will be played at 3 pm Sunday. The winner of this series will advance to the College World Series in Omaha, NE.
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