Has this season been the best coaching job by UVa's Brian O'Connor?
It's hard to argue against either one of the seasons when they went to the College World Series (2009, 2011) but the Cavaliers lost a TON of players and pitchers from last year's teams. The team started 5 freshmen at times and had to rely on an unproven pitching staff. Branden Kline was their ace but he was making the transition from closer to starter. O'Connor noted at the ACC Tournament that in the beginning of the season they "had to figure out the bullpen." So after a season is complete with a 39-19-1 record, I'd argue it's at least one of O'Connor's top three coaching jobs. Yes they should have performed better in the NCAA Regional. They dug themselves too big of a hole in both games against Appy State and Oklahoma. O'Connor said, "We did not play our best baseball."
As I type this we're preparing for a night full of highlights in the state quarterfinals. Here's a look at what we'll have covered.
Salem at JF
Bassett at JF
E.C. Glass at Blacksburg
Hidden Valley at Brookville
JF at Cave Spring
Appomattox at Nandua
JF at Abingdon
E.C. Glass vs. Langley at Westfield
As the area teams advance we'll have it covered for you Friday (semis) and Saturday (finals).
Will CUJO challenge Kelly Pavlik? The fight in Las Vegas goes down this Friday June 8th. It's on ESPN2. Teddy Atlas (boxing analyst) says Scott Sigmon doesn't have a chance. I'll be rooting for Sigmon. However you have to credit Pavlik (38-2, 33 knockouts). He has fought some top notch guys. Take a look at his profile:
Following this coming weekend, you won't see me on TV for a while. I'll be off for a week to head to Cincinnati for my youngest sister's wedding. It'll be a guaranteed blast. We may not do a lot of things well, but we know how to throw a party. Congratulations to Liz and her soon to be husband Mike.
As always, rock it out.