Virginia gets confidence back with win

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Brian O'Connor said after the Miami series he didn't see enough energy for the dugout in the series sweep at the hands of the Hurricanes.

It took until game three of the series against Florida State -- and the second game of Saturday's doubleheader -- for the head baseball coach to see something he liked.

"I was really proud of how our guys bounced back after a difficult first loss," O'Connor said after Saturday's doubleheader. Virginia dropped game one of the series 14-2 on Thursday and game one Saturday 5-3.

In Saturday's game two, the Cavaliers scored 13 runs on 13 hits. The 13 runs scored tied an ACC season-high.

"The confidence of stringing together 13 hits," said sophomore shortstop Tanner Morris, "you know, stringing together that many hits in one game, is just going to build one through nine's confidence going into Tuesday and Wednesday and then later into UNC."

"Continue to keep putting in the work and be ready to play and just keep building and building," added senior outfielder Cam Simmons. "Hitting's so contagious. If one guy gets going, breaks through, then everyone just keeps coming and coming, so I think that's the biggest part."

While the Cavaliers are sitting at just 9-12 in ACC play following the series loss to the Seminoles, O'Connor thinks Saturday's win could go a long way in determining the Cavaliers postseason plans and leading the team into the last three conference series of the season.

"Its hard to know which games mean the most until it gets towards the end of the year," he said. "but right now, we needed that. Certainly we were scuffling in the ACC the last two weekends after I think playing so well going into the Miami series. We needed this."