Cavs looks to get back on track in NCAA tourney

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 27, 2014 at 4:35 pm •  Published: May 27, 2014

Coach Brian O'Connor hopes the way Virginia stumbled at the end of the season is a good thing.

The Cavaliers (44-13) lost a weekend series for the first time all season at Wake Forest on the last weekend of the regular season, then dropped two of three in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

They still earned the No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament and will host a region for the fifth consecutive year beginning Friday. O'Connor expects that his team will be put the rare skid behind them.

"It's a very positive and upbeat group," he said of the team that is 44-13 overall, 29-3 at Davenport Field and in the 64-team field for the 11th consecutive season. "Sometimes I think it bothers us as coaches more than it does the players. They seem to put things behind them very quickly."

After dropping two of three to the Demon Deacons, Virginia lost its opener in the ACC tournament to Maryland, then also lost 6-4 to Florida State when the bullpen failed to protect a 4-1 lead.

"Maybe in a strange way it's a little bit of a lesson for us about how fine the line is between winning and losing at this level of college baseball," O'Connor said.

He'll find out when the Cavaliers play Bucknell (30-19-1) to open the regional. Second-seeded Arkansas (38-23) takes on No. 3 seed Liberty (41-16) in the nightcap of the double-elimination format.

"Hopefully what's transpired the last two weekends won't impact how we go about things," he said.

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