Virginia Hangs on to No. 8 Seed in Latest D1Baseball Bracketology
By Matt Newton,2023-05-27
Virginia's two-game stint at the 2023 ACC Baseball Championship was the definition of hot and cold. The Cavaliers looked unbeatable in a 15-1 blowout against Georgia Tech on Wednesday and then came crushing back down to earth in a 10-2 loss to North Carolina on Thursday. Unfortunately for UVA, the stronger performance came in what was essentially a meaningless game, and then the Cavaliers failed to show up in the must-win game the next day and watched as the Tar Heels won Pool B and advanced to the semifinals.
Coming into the ACC Tournament, D1Baseball had Virginia projected as the No. 8 overall seed in its NCAA Baseball Tournament bracketology projections after the Cavaliers ended the regular season on a nine-game winning streak, which included back-to-back series sweeps over Louisville and Georgia Tech. For now, it appears that UVA's 1-1 showing at the ACC Tournament has not cost the Cavaliers that spot as D1Baseball still has Virginia as the No. 8 seed in its most recent NCAA Tournament projections released on Friday. That bracketology has UVA as the No. 8 overall seed and hosting the Charlottesville Regional against West Virginia, Iowa, and Penn.
Here are D1Baseball's top 8 national seeds and 16 regional hosts as of May 26th:
- Wake Forest
- Coastal Carolina
- Boston College
- Oklahoma State
- Indiana State
The importance of being a top 8 seed cannot be overstated, as it guarantees those teams home field advantage all the way through to the College World Series. If Virginia stays in the top 8, the Cavaliers will not only host a Regional in Charlottesville for the first time since 2016, but they would also be guaranteed to host a Super Regional (should they advance out of the regional round) for the first time since 2015.
Home field advantage would be pivotal for the Cavaliers, who have a remarkable 32-4 record within the friendly confines of Disharoon Park this season. UVA's 32 home victories tied the program record for most regular season home wins in a single season.
Virginia (45-12) will learn its official draw for the 2023 NCAA Baseball Championship when the full 64-team field is unveiled on Monday, May 29th at noon on ESPN2. The 16 regional sites for the tournament will be announced on Sunday at 8:30pm.
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