NORFOLK (WAVY) – The University of Virginia wears the crown. As Old Dominion head coach Chris Finwood put it, the Cavaliers “are the kings of the hill until somebody knocks them off.”
The Cavaliers (17-8, 5-4 in ACC), ranked 20th in the country, have all the right in the world to brag about the title of defending national champions, but it’s the Monarchs (18-7, 3-3 in Conference USA) that might be sticking their chests out just a little bit more when the two meet in Charlottesville on Wednesday at 5:00 pm.
ODU has won two straight over UVA, and has won three of the last four matchups. “That’s cool for us,” said senior infielder Jason McMurray.
“The reason you play the game is to play the best, and they found a way to be the best last year and we beat them twice,” he said.
Both teams will be looking to start new winning streaks. The Cavaliers are coming off a 2-1 series loss at Louisville, while the Monarchs are trying to rebound from a 3-game sweep at Rice.