FILE - In this March 13, 2015, file photo, Virginia coach Brian O'Connor, left, argues a call with an umpire before he was ejected from an NCAA college baseball game against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg Va. Virginia baseball coach Brian O'Connor is still focusing on the positives. One year after the Cavaliers lost in a winner-take-all national championship game against Vanderbilt, injury-riddled Virginia needs to rally just to make the ACC tournament. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP, File) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; SALEM TIMES REGISTER OUT; FINCASTLE HERALD OUT; CHRISTIANBURG NEWS MESSENGER OUT; RADFORD NEWS JOURNAL OUT; ROANOKE STAR SENTINEL OUT

Virginia has reached the NCAA tournament in each of Brian O'Connor's first 11 seasons as coach. The Cavaliers (27-18) have some work to do this year to keep that streak alive. Virginia is in the midst of a nine-day break for final exams, and the Cavaliers' 10-14 record in Atlantic Coast Conference play places them 10th in the league standings. With five teams no better than 2 1/2 game ahead of the Cavaliers, and Virginia Tech and Boston College each a half-game behind, there are eight teams battling for the final six spots in the 10-team tournament with two weekends to go.


Posted: May 1, 2015, 9:12 pm

FILE - In this May 31, 2014, file photo, Maryland pitcher Mike Shawaryn delivers during an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game against South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. Shawaryn's 10 wins are tied for most in the nation, and he'll go into his Friday night start against Indiana on a streak of 20 shutout innings. He has struck out 24 since he last walked a batter on April 10. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, file)

Mike Shawaryn's nickname is the ''Unicorn,'' and even though there's no horn protruding from under the bill of his cap, it would be hard to convince Big Ten coaches the unbeaten Maryland pitcher doesn't possess magical powers lately. Erstad, like other coaches, was drawn to Shawaryn's winning pedigree.


Posted: April 30, 2015, 8:30 pm

In this March 20, 2015, photo, Illinois pitcher Kevin Duchene delivers a pitch against South Florida during an NCAA college baseball game in Champaign, Ill. Illinois coach Dan Hartleb knows how fast things can change in baseball, so he's not celebrating his team having the nation's longest active winning streak at 17 games. (Rick Danzl/The News-Gazette via AP)

Illinois coach Dan Hartleb has experienced how quickly things can change in baseball, so he was understandably subdued Monday in the wake of a three-game sweep at Penn State that extended the nation's longest active win streak to 17.


Posted: April 27, 2015, 9:13 pm

FILE - In this June, 2014, file photo, Louisville baseball coach Dan McDonnell speaks at a news conference ahead of the NCAA baseball College World Series tournament in Omaha, Neb. The Cardinals, in their first year in the Atlantic Coast Conference, are on track for their sixth regular-season title in seven years. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

The Cardinals, in their first year in the Atlantic Coast Conference, are on track for their sixth regular-season title in seven years. They're using the same formula that produced success in the American Athletic Conference and, before that, the Big East: strong pitching and an aggressive offense. Louisville (30-9) this past weekend swept Wake Forest, winning the last game when Corey Ray stole home in the bottom of the ninth inning, to improve to 19-2 in the ACC. The Cardinals are up five games on Florida State in the Atlantic Division.


Posted: April 20, 2015, 8:02 pm

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