The Virginia Cavaliers prevented their elimination from the Columbia Regional on Saturday and defeated Jacksonville 13-8 after trailing 7-6 after five innings. Less than 24 hours after falling in the regional opening game in South Carolina, UVA scored 21 goals, a new program record in an NCAA tournament game.
Zack Gelof led 4 to 5 and Kyle Teel 4 to 6 that day. Chris Newell and Jake Gelof both hit home runs in victory. Skipper Brian O’Connor was proud of his team’s offensive performance against Jacksonville.
“Just proud of how we reacted aggressively and how many guys had big days,” said O’Connor. “You have to do this if you fall into the losing group. Sometimes you have to outdo someone, and we definitely did that today. “
Check out the highlights of the win below courtesy of VirginiaSports:
The Wahoos are back in action tomorrow at noon. You will face the loser of today’s game between the regional top seeds ODU and South Carolina.
If UVA wins this game, they will play again against today’s winner on Sunday evening. If UVA sweeps on Sunday, they’d play Monday night to see who wins the Columbia Regional and moves up to the Super Regional.
O’Connor is confident that his team will be ready.
“Drink plenty of water, get up, have some good food, and just rest,” said O’Connor after his team played a 3-hour, 33-minute game in the South Carolina heat . “We have a game tomorrow at noon. The heat here, it takes it away from you. You notice that in the course of the game, so they have to get up, have good food and sleep well. Everything will be needed for us tomorrow at noon, but I know that they will be ready. ”