2011 College World Series: 10 Reasons Virginia Can Win the Title

Zacerry HerbertContributor IJune 17, 2011

Source: The Seattle Times
Source: The Seattle Times

The University of Virginia baseball team is the No. 1 national seed heading into the College World Series after a stellar 54-10 season.

After making it to their first ever College World Series in 2009, the Hoos will be heading into Omaha with one thing on their minds, a national championship.

While there are limitless reasons to think that the Cavaliers can bring home the title, here are 10 of them.

1. Dominant Rotation: Throughout this season, the Cavaliers rotation of Danny Hultzen, Tyler Wilson and Will Roberts has been nothing but spectacular. This has remained the case in the tournament thus far as these three young arms have propelled the Hoos into Omaha for the second time in history.

2. Relentless Offense: The Virginia offense has been solid all year but, in the postseason the bats have caught fire around Charlottesville. If the Cavaliers can bring that hot hitting with them to Omaha, opposing pitchers are in for some long outings.

3. They Know How To Win: There is a reason why Virginia rolls into Omaha as the No. 1 overall seed, because the team wins games. They have compiled 54 wins so far this season. Expect them to continue their winning ways in the College World Series.

4. Determination: While Virginia has shown this season that they can run rampant over opposing teams, they have also shown the ability to come back and win games. The Cavaliers showed true grit and determination fighting back in Game 3 of the Super Regional against UC-Irvine, coming from behind to win in the ninth inning sending the Hoos on their way to Omaha.

5. Coaching: Under head coach Brian O'Connor, the Cavaliers baseball team has become one of the elite programs in the nation. After getting a taste of the CWS in 2009, coach O'Connor will be looking to have a more successful trip this time around.

6. John Hicks: The backstop for the Cavaliers has been everything you could ask for this season, providing great defense behind the plate while being a force on offense, with a .340 average to go with his seven home runs. Hicks has helped the Virginia staff become such an imposing group and that won't change in Omaha.

7. Solid Defense: As everyone knows, defense is a pitcher's best friend, which makes it no surprise that the Hoos have such solid defense accompanying the success of their pitchers.

8. Lights-out Bullpen: The starting rotation for Virginia is not all the Cavaliers have to offer in terms of pitching. The bullpen led by closer Branden Kline is full of strong arms just in case the starters need a little help finishing off opponents in Omaha.

9. Draft Heavy: Seven Cavaliers were selected in the 2011 MLB First Year Player Draft including all three starting pitchers, John Hicks and offensive talent Steven Proscia. These future pros will be looking to end their college careers on a high note before they head off to the minors.

10. Danny Hultzen: The second overall pick in the 2011 MLB draft boasts a 1.49 ERA with 151 strikeouts in only 108.2 innings pitched. Not only does Hultzen get it done on the mound, he can also swing the bat with the best of them, posting a .320 average this season. Hultzen is one of the best all-around players in the CWS, if not the best, so look for him to wreak havoc on opposing teams in Omaha in a variety of ways.