June 14, 2014
OMAHA, Neb. - The Virginia baseball team begins the NCAA College World Series Sunday when it battles Ole Miss at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Game time between the Rebels and the third-seeded Cavaliers is 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT in Omaha, Neb.
The double-elimination tournament consists of two four-team brackets. The winners of each bracket will meet June 23-25 in the best-of-three championship series. TCU and Texas Tech play at 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT on Sunday on the other side of the Cavaliers' bracket. The two winners will play Tuesday evening, while the losing teams will face off Tuesday afternoon in an elimination game.
ESPN2 will air the game, while the broadcast also will be streamed online via the WatchESPN app. WINA 1070-AM and WINA.com will carry the live radio broadcast, while SiriusXM Channel 91 will air the national broadcast on satellite radio. Select stations also the Virginia Sports Radio Network also will pick up the coverage.
Live statistics (GameTracker) also will be located on VirginiaSports.com. The live stats also can be accessed through the Virginia Sports app, which is available through iTunes.
Probable Starting Pitchers
UVa: LHP Nathan Kirby (9-2, 1.74 ERA)
Ole Miss: RHP Chris Ellis (10-2, 2.45 ERA)
Virginia Back in Omaha for Third Time in Six Years
Virginia has advanced to the College World Series for the third time in program history (2009, 2011, 2014). UVa joins Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and UCLA as the lone schools to appear in three CWS since 2009.
UVa is 3-4 in CWS games (1-2 in 2009, 2-2 in 2011). Three members of the current team were on the UVa roster in 2011 (Whit Mayberry, Artie Lewicki and Austin Young). Mayberry pitched one-third of an inning in the CWS against South Carolina.
Virginia in the NCAA Baseball Championship
Virginia has competed in 14 NCAA tournaments, including the last 11. UVa is 38-30 in the tournament, including 26-14 over the last six seasons.
Under Brian O'Connor (since 2004), UVa is 32-24 in the NCAA tourney. UVa owns five regional championships (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014) and three super regional titles (2009, 2011 and 2014).
Virginia Has Little History vs. 2014 CWS Field
In program history, Virginia has played a total of 13 games against the seven other teams that comprise the 2014 College World Series field. UVa is 4-2 all-time against Ole Miss but has never played TCU or Texas Tech. The Cavaliers are 4-1 against UC Irvine and 0-2 versus Vanderbilt but have not played Louisville or Texas.
Virginia-Ole Miss History
In 2009, UVa won two of three games against the Rebels in Oxford to win the super regional and advance to its first-ever College World Series The Cavaliers topped Ole Miss 13-7 in the 2010 Charlottesville Regional. Interestingly, the Rebels had to go through UVa in 1972 in their last trip to the CWS. After dropping a 9-3 contest to UVa, Ole Miss topped the Cavaliers 9-0 to advance.