June 12, 2009
It was a rainy day out in Omaha Nebraska on Friday, and due to the weather, Virginia Baseball had alter their plans a bit. The Cavaliers held practice in the batting cages and on the outfield grass of Rosenblatt Stadium on Friday afternoon.
That's not the only thing thing throwing off the Cavaliers so far in Omaha. There are several distractions surrounding the team, including several interview sessions, autograph sessions, a combined dinner with all seven other teams in the College World Series, and Friday nights opening ceremonies of the event. However, on Saturday night, things will be business as usual for Brian O'Connor's squad.
O'Connor is the only member of the UVa squad to have and baseball experience in Omaha. The Cavs skipper is a native of Council Bluffs, Iowa which is only 15 minutes away from downtown Omaha, but O'Connor insists to keep the focus on his players, not his return home.
The Cavalier players take comfort in the fact that their head coach has seen this side of the NCAA College Baseball Tournament before, and that gives them some confidence going into their first ever College World Series appearance in Omaha.
Saturday night at seven the Cavaliers take on the LSU Tigers, who are the third ranked team in the country. The Tigers are also 51-16 on the season, and have won each of their last ten games. All records aside, and all distractions aside, Virginia is ready for this game and to make history.