Charlottesville - This is host Virginia's 11th-straight year making the NCAA Tournament and their fifth-straight year hosting a regional.
Coach Brian O'Connor has tabbed senior Artie Lewicki to start on the mound Friday at 2 against Bucknell.
Brian O'Connor, VIRGINIA HEAD COACH, said "I believe he's pitching as good a baseball as anyone we have on our pitching staff. And I felt that, you know, him being the senior, he's earned the right to get this regional hopefully started off on the right foot. And I'm very, very confident that he'll go out there and do a great job."
Artie Lewicki, UVA'S STARTING PITCHER FRIDAY, said "There's a calm excitement to it. Like Coach O'Connor said, Bucknell's a great team, they deserve our respect as does the rest of the teams in the tournament. I'm just going to go out and treat this like any other game and hopefully pitch the same."
Liberty battles Arkansas in Friday's other game beginning at 7.