O’Connor’s small-ballers reach new heights

blog-oconnor.jpgDespite ascendant athletic programs all over UVA, the baseball team led by coach Brian O'Connor has had a particularly sweet season including a no-hitter and now has reached #6 in an influential national poll. After topping top-ranked North Carolina in two of three games in a recent home-stand, the Cavaliers moved up this week to the sixth spot in the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association Poll. O'Connor, in just his third season at Virginia, has moved the Cavaliers into the top-ten of all the major polls using a "small ball" approach which emphasizes bunts, walks, and sacrifices (over swinging for the fences) to get men on base.
Nonetheless, the season has had plenty of "big" moments including Mike Ballard April 15 a no-hitter against Boston College. All this excitement has kept UVA's Davenport Field hopping as baseball-mad locals pack the stands to watch the best season ever for UVA baseball.
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Hey, it's also worth noting that at Friday's game the Cavs handed it to NC pitcher Andrew Miller, the nation's number 1 draft pick for the majors. It was Miller's first loss of the season. Virginia also leads the nation in team ERA (2.55), and ranks second in the ACC in team batting (.326). No wonder UVA baseball is packing them in at Davenport field!