Cavs Set for Showdown with No. 4 FSU

The Virginia baseball team still has a few weeks to go in the regular season, including their three-game series at Florida State that starts Friday night.

But the Cavaliers are expecting this weekend to have a postseason feel.

"The type of baseball you have to play this weekend is the type of baseball you have to play in a regional or a super regional to advance," said UVa coach Brian O'Connor. "It's going to be a great environment. They have some of the best fans in the country. And it's going to be a great opportunity for us."

This weekend's three-game set is arguably the biggest series in all of college baseball this weekend. UVa enters the weekend at 35-7 overall, and ranked No. 1 in the country by Baseball America again this week.

The Seminoles are 32-9 overall entering Friday night, and ranked No. 4 in the country this week. Both teams are 16-5 in the ACC, with FSU alone on top of the Atlantic Division, and UVa tied with Miami for first place in the Coastal Division.

"It's a team that we're going to have to beat to get where we want to go," said junior outfielder Derek Fisher. "It's another ACC weekend. It's going to be three close games. And it's games that Virginia thrives on."

UVa will take the field on Friday just 26-5 all-time in Tallahassee. But the Cavaliers are one of just three teams left in Division I baseball that haven't lost a weekend series this season. FSU's lone weekend series loss came two weeks ago in Atlanta, when the Seminoles dropped two of three to Georgia Tech.

"Our approach going into these big ACC series, they've been working for us," said UVa sophomore outfielder Joe McCarthy. "So we're just going to continue it, not over-think this, and just go in looking to compete."

"It's no different than what we've done up to this point," said O'Connor. "We're going to need to go down there and get good starting pitching, manage it out of the bullpen, and handle the ball defensively."


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