Cavaliers start NCAA Tournament at Greenville Regional
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- The road back to Omaha for Virginia will start at the Greenville Regional with an NCAA Tournament opener against Coastal Carolina.
The Cavaliers will face the Chanticleers on Friday in Greenville, joined by hosts No. 8 national seed East Carolina and MEAC champions Coppin State. ECU and Coppin State open play at 1 p.m. followed by Virginia and Coastal Carolina at 6 p.m. with the game airing on ESPN+.
UVA got off to the best start in program history this season starting 22-1 and scoring 10-plus runs in 15 games, while rising inside the top-5 in the nation. But a poor stretch where Virginia lost seven of eight and a disappointing ACC Tournament showing, with a 13-3 loss Florida State and a 3-0 loss to Notre Dame, pushed the Cavaliers out of hosting contention.
Virginia will instead head on the road for regional play, where they have had success in past season. Three out of the five trips to College World Series appearances for UVA have come after they started on the road for regionals.
The last time the Cavaliers played either Coastal Carolina or East Carolina came in 2016, when the Chanticleers topped Virginia 5-4 early in the season and East Carolina came away with an early series win.
The winner of the Greenville Regional will advance to play the winner of the Austin Regional which features Texas, Louisiana Tech, DBU and Air Force.