When the University of Virginia faces the Ole Miss Friday in NCAA Super Regional Baseball action at Oxford, the Cavaliers know the Rebels are more than whatever they can get off the mound from star pitcher Drew Pomeranz.
The Rebels bats are also rolling at home...
Coming up with timely hits in front of a raucous home crowd expected to reach up to 10-thousand fans could be enough to unnerve almost any team..
But, Virginia had to win on the road in the Regionals all the way at UC-Irvine to get to Oxford...so don't expect the surroundings to affect them.
Cavaliers Head Coach Brian O'Conner says:
" It's just baseball. Whether you call it a weekend series or a Super Regional, it's all the same. I don't think our team will look at it any differently. I don't think our players are feeling any pressure to win this series. I think they are a confident group. They will go out and play the same way they have all year."
Adds Virginia Pitcher Andrew Carraway:
" Now we are on the verge of the ultimate goal. I think the only thing now is excitement. If we keep playing our brand of baseball there really is no pressure.">
Ole Miss Pitcher Phillip Irwin is trying to keep his emotions in control:
" We are just going to keep that pitch-by-pitch mentality. It's going to be a big weekend with a great crowd out there. This is my first Super Regional to play in and we are really excited about it."
First Pitch in Game One Friday is 1pm at Oxford University Stadium.