CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Chris Newell walked around the clubhouse on Monday after the NCAA Tournament Selection Show noticing smiles aplenty, but especially from all the newcomers on Virginia's roster about to play postseason baseball for the first time.

"There is a select group from last year who have returned, who have been through it before," Newell said, "So a lot of it is going to be on us to take them under our wing and lead by example this weekend and it starts with the first game."

When the Cavaliers face Coastal Carolina on Friday in their Greenville Regional opener, there will be a lot of noticeable faces gone from the last time UVA hit the road for regional play. Nearly half of last season's College World Series roster either graduated or left early for the MLB Draft, leaving a handful of veterans to return this season with a mix of grad transfers like pitchers Brian Gursky, Will Geerdes and Dylan Bowers as well as a standout freshman class to fill out the other half of the roster.

The freshmen have more than filled in the gap this season with five making at least 20 starts and two pitchers, Jay Woolfolk and Matthew Buchanan, appearing in at least 17 games. ACC All-freshman contributors Casey Saucke, who ranks second on the team in batting average at .356, and Griff O'Ferrall, who has started all 55 games at shortstop and batted lead off, have consistently made their impact felt. Saucke, O'Ferrall and Ethan Anderson also all rank among the top-five batters for Virginia this season, while Colin Tuft and Justin Rubin have had big moments off the bench.

But postseason baseball is a different animal. O'Ferrall said he has played at East Carolina's Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium in high school, but nothing will compare to his first regional, which is why the freshman shortstop is constantly picking the brain of the UVA veterans this week.

"I'm asking these guys questions and stories every day about postseason just because it's the first time for me," O'Ferrall said, "Obviously I've watched on T.V., but I've never even been to a regional, so just taking in everything that they're telling me and putting it in the back of my head just so I can have some type of knowledge going into this is huge."

Before last season experienced players like Newell, Devin Ortiz and Alex Tappen had zero postseason playing time to their names. But a month filled with regional and super regional comeback victories, as well as a trip to Omaha, have given those players the requisite wisdom for the young ones preparing for their first NCAA Tournament.

"The most important thing that I can tell the younger guys is to just stick with what we do," Tappen said, "Just because it's the postseason doesn't mean we change what we do because what we do as an approach, as a group is why we are where we are."