2010 Charlottesville Super Regional

Capsules by Barrett Neale, Michael Perry, Matt Mullen, Andrew Woods, Sean Ryan, Phil Stanton


5. Virginia Cavaliers

Charlottesville, Virginia

At-large bid from ACC, Won Charlottesville Regional

2010 record: 23-7, 50-12 (first in Coastal Division)

Head coach: Brian O’Connor (Creighton, 1993)

Record at school: 291-112-1, 7 years

Overall record: 291-112-1, 7 years

Assistant coaches: Kevin McMullan, Karl Kuhn, Eddie Smith, Justin Armistead

Team offense: .334 BA, 515 R, 58 HR, .513 SLG%, .418 OB%, 92/116 SB

Team pitching: 3.76 ERA, 555.1 IP, 487 H, 204 BB, 521 K

Top hitters: Keith Werman (.430/0/23/14 SH/10-15 SB), Phil Gosselin (.378/9/57/22 2B/18-22 SB), John Barr (.373/1/22), Tyler Cannon (.341/3/38/19 2B), Jarrett Parker (.338/10/55/12-14 SB), Kenny Swab (.331/4/28), Steven Proscia (.322/10/64/18 2B), John Hicks (.306/8/48/20 2B), Dan Grovatt (.289/8/56)

Top pitchers: Kevin Arico (1-1, 17 SV, 2.59 ERA, 31.1 IP, 26 H, 7 BB, 40 K), Danny Hultzen (10-1, 2.83 ERA, 98.2, 69 H, 23 BB, 114 K), Branden Kline (5-0, 3 SV, 3.14 ERA, 63 IP, 51 H, 18 BB, 55 K), Tyler Wilson (8-4, 3 SV, 3.47 ERA, 59.2 IP, 42 H, 24 BB, 66 K), Robert Morey (9-3, 3.72 ERA, 96.2 IP, 81 H, 38 BB, 76 K), Cody Winiarski (5-0, 4.65 ERA, 71.2 IP, 77 H, 27 BB, 41 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2009 (3-0 at Irvine Regional, 2-1 at Oxford Super Regional, 1-2 in College World Series)

Notes: Virginia is making its second consecutive Super Regional appearance and will host for the first time. The Cavaliers took two of three at Ole Miss last season to earn their first trip to the College World Series. The team has fared well at the end of the season, going 21-3 since April 20. The Cavaliers have already set school single-season records for doubles (157) and triples (32). They won their first Coastal Division title during the regular season, but went 2-1 in the conference tournament and failed to advance to the championship game. Baseball America and Rivals.com ranked Virginia at No. 1 for six consecutive weeks this season, the first No. 1 ranking in program history. Virginia won a program-record 23 ACC games with nine ACC series wins, including four ACC series sweeps. Their only series loss was to NC State, from April 2-4. The Cavaliers had a school-record seven players selected to the All-ACC Baseball Team and Brian O’Connor was named ACC Coach of the Year for the second time – the first was in 2004. Sophomore Danny Hultzen, the 2009 ACC Freshman of the Year, was named ACC Pitcher of the Year and joined junior outfielder Phil Gosselin and junior reliever Kevin Arico on the All-ACC First Team. Sophomore second baseman Keith Werman, senior shortstop Tyler Cannon, junior outfielder Jarrett Parker, and junior pitcher Robert Morey made the All-ACC Second Team. Werman – whose brother, Ryan, played at Virginia from 2002-2005 – is ambidextrous and once pitched left-handed for 3.1 innings and right-handed for 3.2 innings to win a seven-inning complete game. Cannon holds the school record for games played (241) and at-bats (900). O’Connor pitched on Creighton’s 1991 CWS team and led the Cavaliers to the program’s first CWS berth last season. UVa had a school-record nine players selected in the MLB draft.


Oklahoma Sooners

Norman, Oklahoma

At-large bid from Big 12, Won Norman Regional

2010 record: 15-10, 47-15 (second in Big 12)

Head coach: Sunny Golloway (Oklahoma Christian, 1984)

Record at school: 217-113-1, 6 years

Overall record: 552-269-1, 14 years

Assistant coaches: Tim Tadlock, Mike Bell, Russell Raley

Team offense: .314 BA, 492 R, 93 HR, .525 SLG%, .403 OB%, 88-119 SB

Team pitching: 3.80 ERA, 553.2 IP, 546 H, 200 BB, 543 K

Top hitters: Garrett Buechele (.387/16/62/15 2B), Danny Black (.339/5/47/10-16 SB), Chris Ellison (.329/4/30/21-24 SB), Caleb Bushyhead (.329/5/35/16 2B/12-19 SB), Cameron Seitzer (.317/14/51/15 2B), Max White (.307/14/40/13 2B)

Top pitchers: Michael Rocha (7-1, 3.50 ERA, 61.2 IP, 57 H, 17 BB, 47 K), Ryan Duke (1-1, 11 SV, 3.51 ERA, 33.1 IP, 29 H, 13 BB, 37 K), Jeremy Erben (7-1, 4 SV, 3.90 ERA, 64.2 IP, 61 H, 25 BB, 71 K), Bobby Shore (9-4, 4.23 ERA, 83 IP, 84 H, 29 BB, 72 K), Zach Neal (8-3, 4.42 ERA, 95.2 IP, 102 H, 23 BB, 86 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2009 (2-2 in Norman Regional)

Notes: OU is making its 32nd NCAA Tournament appearance and seventh in the past eight seasons. The Sooners are making their second trip to a Super Regional. OU went 1-2 at Louisville in 2007. The Sooners have reached the College World Series nine times, the last in 1995. The Sooners have back-to-back 40-win seasons for the first time since 1988-89. Sunny Golloway has a .657 winning percentage at Oklahoma and a .672 winning percentage overall (he spent eight years building Oral Roberts' program into a power). The Sooners went 25-6 at home this season. Max White homered in his first official at-bat as a Sooner on Feb. 27. Sophomore Garrett Buechele leads the team in batting average and homers - his father is former major leaguer Steve Buechele. Cameron Seitzer's father is former big leaguer Kevin Seitzer. Jeremy Erben was the Sooners' opening day starter in 2008 but has turned into a splendid reliever He and reliever Michael Rocha have combined to go 14-2 over 126 innings.