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Rags to riches: How UVA basketball changed Olden Polynice’s life

Seth Greenberg told me a story last winter about Olden Polynice that was unforgettable.

Three Cavaliers named to USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team Roster

Three players who helped lead Virginia to the College World Series last month have been named to the 2021 Collegiate National Team by USA Baseball.

Back from Omaha: Virginia baseball coach Brian O’Connor

Virginia baseball coach Brian O’Connor joins “The Jerry Ratcliffe Show” to share stories from the six-week road trip that took the ‘Hoos to the College World Series.

Baseball, sports medicine, ‘Hoos in the NBA

“The Jerry Ratcliffe Show” welcomes Dr. David Diduch from UVA Orthopedics as the show breaks down UVA Baseball’s run in the College World Series, Brian O’Connor’s contract extension and NBA news involving Virginia alum Rick Carlisle and Trey Murphy III.

O’Connor agrees to contract extension through 2027

Virginia athletics director Carla Williams announced on Friday that the University and head baseball coach Brian O’Connor have agreed to an extension of his contract that will keep O’Connor in Charlottesville through the 2027 season.

Virginia Athletics hosting Welcome Back event for ‘Hoos return from Omaha

Virginia Athletics will host a Welcome Back event for the Virginia Baseball team on Saturday at Disharoon Park. The event will begin at noon and is free to the public.

Savino named to Collegiate National Team Roster

Nate Savino will be a member of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team this summer. He is the 11th Cavalier to be a part of the team and ninth under head coach Brian O’Connor.

Virginia’s dream season comes crashing down in CWS loss to Texas

As improbable as it was, Virginia was one of the last five teams standing before it lost a 6-2 decision to No. 2 national seed Texas in a game that was delayed 3 hours, 37 minutes by Omaha storms.

Carlisle returns to his roots as new coach of Indiana Pacers

Rick Carlisle grew up as a coach in the Indiana Pacers, back when Larry Bird described the former Virginia guard as an offensive genius.

Virginia faces No. 2 national seed Texas in CWS elimination game

It is somewhat puzzling that in spite of its high batting average thus far in the College World Series, Virginia isn’t considered particularly good at the plate.

Bulldogs break up McGarry’s no-hit bid, fight back to beat Virginia, 6-5

Virginia pitcher Griff McGarry was cruising along Tuesday night, pitching into the eighth inning with a no-hitter against powerful Mississippi State in a battle of College World Series unbeatens.

Tonight’s UVA-Mississippi St. CWS game should be a pitchers’ duel

When fans tune in for tonight’s Virginia vs. Mississippi State game, and see starter Griff McGarry’s numbers, they need to dig a little deeper.

LSU wanted O’Connor to succeed Mainieri, but Oaks wasn’t interested

With a resume like Brian O’Connor’s, there’s no doubt that he’s a target for big-time coaching searches like LSU.

Abbott baffles Tennessee hitters to pace Virginia’s win in College World Series

Facing one of the most dangerous lineups in the nation, Virginia ace Andrew Abbott pitched his way out of an early jam, then handcuffed favored Tennessee to help the Cavaliers upend the Vols 6-0 in their opening game of the College World Series on Sunday.

Michaels’ improbable Father’s Day gift helps lift Virginia over Tennessee in College World Series

On Father’s Day, Logan Michaels delivered the most precious gift possible in his first at bat in the College World Series.

O’Connor’s experience in Omaha comforting to a team that has never been there

There’s something about having been to Omaha before that’s comforting for Brian O’Connor and some of his coaching staff.

Virginia ace Andrew Abbott said it’s important for this team to stop and smell the roses

Andrew Abbott, who will start Sunday’s College World Series game against Tennessee, almost has to pinch himself to believe that he and his teammates are really in Omaha.

Schoch should be ready to go for UVA, Bales a question mark for CWS

Virginia is on the eve of its fifth appearance in the College World Series, bracing for a meeting with No. 3 national seed Tennessee on Sunday.

Paul Mainieri breaks down UVA-Tennessee

LSU coach Paul Mainieri joins “The Jerry Ratcliffe Show” to talk about his former pitching coach, Brian O’Connor, and break down UVA vs. Tennessee coming up on Sunday in the 2021 College World Series.

Abbott, Bales collects honors from ABCA, NCBWA, Baseball America

Senior pitcher Andrew Abbott garnered All-America honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Baseball America. Reliever Blake Bales was a second team selection on the NCBWA’s All-America team.