Just the fact that Oklahoma is playing in baseball's post season is a considerable improvement considering that less than a month ago many of us had this team pegged as staying home this summer. Instead the Sooners are off to Virginia to take a shot at reaching their second College World Series in three years. The field of four teams in the Charlottesville Regional is deep and experienced. Virginia is the host team and no doubt has the thought of revenge on their minds.
Oklahoma moved past Virginia, in the 2010 Super Regional, on their way to Omaha. The Cavilers are led in batting by Stephen Bruno who is hitting .362 with 6 home runs and 48 RBI. As a team Virginia is batting .298 with Colin Harrington (.312) and Derek Fisher (.309) being the other two batters hitting above .300. Fisher also leads the team with 7 home runs and 50 RBI.
2012 NCAA Charlottesville Regional Schedule (all times Eastern)
Friday, June 1
Game 1 - No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 4 Army, 4 p.m.
Game 2 - No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Appalachian State, 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 2
Game 3 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 1 p.m.
Game 4 - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 3
Game 5 - Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 1 p.m.
Game 6 - Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 4, 6 p.m.
Monday, June 4
Game 7 - Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 (if necessary), 6 p.m.
The Virginia pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.48. Kyle Crockett has a team low 2.40 ERA and has made the second most appearances among the staff at 30. Despite only starting two games this season he's built a 5-2 record on the season. Scott Silverstein's 15 starts are the most among the pitchers. He has a 2-5 record on the season with a 4.48 ERA. Silverstein is the only pitcher on the staff with a losing record. Branden Kline leads the team in strikeouts with 89. He has built a 6-3 record with a 3.68 ERA. Probably the most productive pitcher for Virginia is Shane Halley who has made 21 appearances and has built a 9-1 record with a 1.71 ERA.
Virginia placed fourth overall in the ACC with an 18-12 conference record and 38-17-1 overall. They are 25-8 in Charlottesville this season.