The Virginia baseball team will open the 2014 NCAA Baseball Championship at 2 p.m. Friday (May 30) when it plays Bucknell in the NCAA Charlottesville Regional at Davenport Field. Virginia (44-13) is the No. 3 national seed in the tournament field and will serve as the top seed in the regional. UVa is a national seed for the fourth time in program history – all within the last five years (No. 5 in 2010, No. 1 in 2011, No. 6 in 2013).
Following the UVa-Bucknell game Friday, Arkansas and Liberty will play at 7 p.m.
The losing teams from Friday will play in an elimination game at 2 p.m. Saturday, while the winners will battle at 8 p.m. Saturday. The second elimination game will be contested at 2 p.m. Sunday, with the championship game slated for 8 p.m. Sunday. If necessary, a second championship game will be played at 7 p.m. Monday.
All games in the regional will be broadcast online on ESPN3. The Arkansas-Liberty game on Friday night will air on ESPNU.
The winner of the Charlottesville Regional will advance to play the champion of the Columbia Regional in an NCAA Super Regional June 6-9. The Columbia Regional consists of host South Carolina, Maryland, Old Dominion and Campbell.
2014 NCAA Charlottesville Regional Schedule
Friday, May 30
Game 1 – No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 4 Bucknell, 2 p.m.
Game 2 – No. 2 Arkansas vs. No. 3 Liberty, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 31
Game 3 – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 2 p.m.
Game 4 – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 1
Game 5 – Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 2 p.m.
Game 6 – Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 4, 8 p.m.
Monday, June 2
Game 7 – Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 (if necessary), 7 p.m.
Virginia will serve as a regional host site for the fifth-consecutive year and the eighth time in program history – all within the last 11 years (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010-2014). UVa joins South Carolina as the lone schools to host a regional each of the last five years.
UVa is making its 11th-consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament under head coach Brian O’Connor and its 14th all-time. The Cavaliers are one of eight schools to compete in each of the last 11 tournaments.
No. 2 seed Arkansas earned an at-large berth and enters the NCAA Tournament with a 38-23 record (16-14 Southeastern Conference). The Razorbacks are making their 13th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and are in the field for the 27th time in program history, including seven trips to the College World Series. The Hogs are batting .265 as a team and boast one of the nation’s top pitching staffs with a 2.63 ERA (15th in country). The Arkansas offense is led by Brian Anderson with a .311 batting average, including 14 doubles and 49 runs batted in. Eric Fisher has nine home runs and 14 doubles.
No. 3 seed Liberty is an at-large entry in the tournament after going 41-16, including a 23-3 mark and first-place finish in the Big South Conference. The Flames entered the Big South Tournament as the No. 1 seed but were ousted by Winthrop. Ryan Seiz leads the team in batting at .362, followed by Alex Close (.324) and Dalton Britt (.300). Liberty ranks 14th nationally in ERA at 2.62 and is led on the mound by Trey Lambert (11-2, 2.10 ERA, 102 2/3 innings).
No. 4 seed Bucknell (30-19-1, 15-5 Patriot League) earned an automatic berth into the tournament after winning the Patriot League championship. Corey Furman is batting a team-leading .388 this season, while Joe Ogren (.324), Anthony Gingereli (.312) and Brett Smith (.303) also top the .300 mark as the Bison are batting .249 as a team. Bucknell has a 3.41 team ERA and owns a .967 fielding percentage.