- Obama military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds
- Sen. Tom Coburn vows to slow down budget-busting bills ahead of recess
- Obama fantasizes about more executive power, signs new order on federal contractors
- Clintons call Klein, Halper, Kessler ‘a Hat Trick of despicable actors’: report
- Boehner accuses Obama of ‘legacy of lawlessness’
- Pro-marijuana group claims responsibility for Brooklyn Bridge flag swap
- Young adults shun Obamacare mostly due to cost: survey
- Stabbing attack on transgender girl, 15, was ‘bias motivated,’ police say
- LGBT adults still lean overwhelmingly toward Democratic Party
- Lawmakers rattled by Syria genocide horrors, call on Obama to act
Virginia baseball turns page on comeback victory, focuses on title
Question of the Day
The Virginia Cavaliers will count on experience to help them this weekend as they return to the College World Series for the second time in three years
The Cavaliers begin their quest for the first national championship in the program’s history when they face Cal on Sunday at 2 p.m. (ESPN). They were eliminated from the tournament in a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Arkansas in 2009.
“When you do something for the first time, there’s a little bit of the unexpected,” Virginia coach Brian O'Connor said. “We went there in 2009, and I thought our guys were calm, I thought they were poised, we just didn’t get the job done there.
“I think this year is a little bit different. Half of our club knows what to expect. We had a young team in ‘09. We have a veteran team this year. They’ll be more prepared for what it takes to ultimately be focused between the white lines when you have to go win a ballgame.”
Virginia and Cal, along with Texas A&M and South Carolina, will play in a double-elimination format. The winner of their bracket will take on the winner of the bracket featuring North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Florida and Texas in a best-of-three series to determine the national champion.
The Cavaliers likely will send ace Danny Hultzen to the mound Sunday, although O'Connor said that decision would depend upon his evaluation of all three teams UVa. will face. The Seattle Mariners chose Hultzen with the No. 2 pick overall in last week’s Major League Baseball draft.
“We’re going out there to put ourselves in the best position to win the thing,” O'Connor said. “Part of winning the thing is winning the first game, but you have to win Game 2 also. It’s not 100 percent yet, but there’s a pretty good chance that Danny will be getting the ball.”
Virginia qualified for the CWS with a comeback win against UC Irvine on Monday. Trailing 2-1 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Cavaliers loaded the bases for Chris Taylor. The sophomore laced a single into center field, driving in two runs and propelling his team to Omaha.
The Cavaliers have shifted their focus away from celebration, knowing they have a daunting task ahead.
“We got a chance to take a deep breath and realize what we accomplished [Monday] and how we did it and how special it was and what the opportunity is that we have in front of us,” O'Connor said. “We’ve turned the page and turned our attention to what we have in front of us on Sunday.”
Yet the momentum from their late rally has given the Cavaliers the confidence to chase a national title, in the hopes of setting off an even bigger celebration.
“It gives the players proof that you’re never out of anything and that your club’s going to continue to fight until the last out is made,” O'Connor said. “What a great feeling to have going into Omaha, that you believe that you can accomplish anything.”
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
Both parties recognize the Democrats' scam
- Inside the Ring: Israel surprised by Hamas tunnel network
- CRUZ: A tale of two hospitals: One in Israel, one in Gaza
- Chicken pox outbreak puts illegal immigrant facility on lockdown
- Report: 40% of weapons sent to Afghanistan are unaccounted for
- Israel surprised by Hamas tunnel network
- Sarah Palin's online channel hits snag as Stephen Colbert buys similar URL
- 3 African leaders cancel trip to U.S. over Ebola outbreak; Obama still plans summit
- Feds accept boredom, lack of work as excuses for surfing porn on clock
- Catholic League slams Obama: 'Do Christian lives mean so little to you?'
- Obama military strategy too weak for future security, panel reports
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world