CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — One lesson the Virginia baseball team has learned on their journey to the College World Series is how to be resilient.
“What a great lesson for them to learn in preparation for life because to be successful they need to be resilient and be able to bounce back. It speaks to who they are,” head coach Brian O’Connor said. “The character of them, it speaks to the decision they made to stand up two months ago and run to it rather than run away from it.”
The Cavaliers haven’t stopped running. They’ve avoided elimination six times during this year’s NCAA tournament and now their dreams of playing in Omaha have become a reality.
“It means a lot for me, just growing up watching the past years and the super regionals and going to Omaha watching those games,” junior infielder Nick Kent said. “I always wanted to do it as part of a team and now that we’ve done it, we’re going to Omaha and it’s special.”
It’s been six years since UVA head coach Brian O’Connor made it to Omaha. As Virginia prepares for a tough Tennessee squad, he also wants his team to cherish the College World Series experience.
“I can tell you how many times I’ve been in those stadiums for games and I’m fired up to be in it again on Sunday,” O’Connor said. “But for those kids and those families, this is their first time.
As Virginia begins their trek through the CWS on Sunday, the obstacles they’ve faced will continue to make them stronger.
“They’re going to reflect on these thirty years down the road with their teammates and their families about what a great experience they had in Omaha, Nebraska,” O’Connor said. “I’m just so happy for them.”