2011 Charlottesville Super Regional


1. Virginia Cavaliers

Charlottesville, Virginia

Automatic bid – won ACC tournament, Won Charlottesville Regional

2011 record: 22-8, 52-9 (tied for first in Coastal Division)

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

Record at school: 368-127-1, 8 years

Overall record: Same

Assistant coaches: Kevin McMullan, Karl Kuhn, Eddie Smith

Team offense: .307 BA, 443 R, 22 HR, .421 SLG%, .390 OB%, 83-114 SB

Team pitching: 2.27 ERA, 547 IP, 411 H, 137 BB, 613 K

Top hitters: David Coleman (.369/2/39), Steven Proscia (.341/8/58/19 2b/11-16 SB), John Hicks (.339/7/54/21 2B), Kenny Swab (.306/0/26/16 2B/11-12 SB), Chris Taylor (.301/2/46/16 2B), John Barr (.293/0/33/14 2B)

Top pitchers: Danny Hultzen (11-3, 1.57, 103.1 IP, 69 H, 17 BB, 148 K), Will Roberts (11-1, 1.61, 95 IP, 67 H, 12 BB, 90 K), Branden Kline (3-0, 17 SV, 1.78, 35.1 IP, 24 H, 18 BB, 49 K), Tyler Wilson (8-0, 2.34, 88.1 IP, 62 H, 22 BB, 111 K), Cody Winiarski (6-3, 3.20, 70.1 IP, 55 H, 20 BB, 55 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2010 (3-1 at Charlottesville Regional, 1-2 at Charlottesville Super Regional)

Notes: Virginia has reached a Super Regional for the third straight year and will host for the second consecutive year. The Cavaliers went 2-1 at Ole Miss in 2009 and 1-2 a season ago at home to Oklahoma. Virginia made its first trip to Omaha two years ago. The Cavaliers swept their regional, defeating Navy, St. John’s and East Carolina. UVa outscored its opponents 29-3 in its three regional contests. Virginia reached a regional for the eighth straight year, the longest streak in school history. It was the fifth time the Cavaliers hosted since 2004. UVa fell into a first-place tie in the Coastal Division with Georgia Tech the final weekend of the regular season when swept at North Carolina. But the Cavs bounced back and won the ACC tournament, going 3-0 in pod play before defeating Florida State 7-2 in the title game. Virginia is the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament and on top of the CBI Composite Poll. Head coach Brian O’Connor pitched on the 1991 College World Series team at Creighton. He led the Cavaliers to Omaha in 2009. Junior lefty Danny Hultzen, a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, was the second overall pick in the MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners. Junior right-hander Will Roberts threw a perfect game against George Washington on March 29. Roberts was a fifth-round pick of the Cleveland Indians in the MLB Draft, while catcher John Hicks was a fourth-round selection of Seattle.


UC Irvine Anteaters

Irvine, California

At-large bid from Big West, Won Los Angeles Regional

2011 record: 16-8, 42-16 (second in Big West)

Head coach: Mike Gillespie (Southern California, 1962)

Record at school: 168-70, 4 years

Overall record: 931-541-2, 24 years

Assistant coaches: Pat Shine, Jason Dietrich, Bob Macaluso

Team offense: .299 BA, 351 R, 13 HR, .388 SLG%, .384 OB%, 46-80 SB

Team pitching: 2.90 ERA, 517.2 IP, 452 H, 155 BB, 428 K

Top hitters: Brian Hernandez (.351/0/31), Drew Hillman (.336/5/50/13 2B), Jordan Fox (.335/0/25), Christian Ramirez (.294/0/32), Jordan Leyland (.294/4/42), D.J. Crumlich (.293/1/27), Sean Madigan (.288/1/35)

Top pitchers: Matt Summers (11-2, 1.72, 109.2 IP, 69 H, 31 BB, 96 K), Phillip Ferragamo (2-0, 2.05, 26.1 IP, 22 H, 7 BB, 24 K), Matt Whitehouse (4-0, 2.14, 67.1 IP, 50 H, 13 BB, 59 K), Brian Hernandez (3-2, 12 saves, 3.29, 27.1 IP, 28 H, 10 BB, 23 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2010 (2-2 at Los Angeles Regional)

Notes: UC Irvine swept through the Los Angeles Regional, beating Fresno State before posting a pair of one-run wins over San Francisco and UCLA. All three victories came against conference champions and automatic qualifiers. Head coach Mike Gillespie improved to 70-39 in NCAA tourney play. This is the third Super Regional for the Anteaters. UCI won the Wichita State Super Regional in 2007 before dropping two of three to LSU at the Baton Rouge Super Regional in 2008. UC Irvine and Virginia met for the initial time in the 2009 Irvine Regional. The Cavaliers beat the Anteaters twice, 5-0 and 4-1 in an elimination game. Junior right-hander Matt Summers was taken in the fourth round of the MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins. Summers was 10-2 overall and 8-0 in Big West games.