Coach Brian O’Connor hopes the way Virginia stumbled at the end of the season is a good thing.
The Cavaliers (44-13) lost a weekend series for the first time all season at Wake Forest on the last weekend of the regular season. They then dropped two of three games in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
With the NCAA tournament up next, O’Connor says he hopes the losses reinforced how fine the line is between winning and losing at this time of the year.
Virginia has been ranked in the top five all season and earned the No. 3 seed nationally.
The Cavaliers are 29-3 at Davenport Field and will play Bucknell (30-19-1) on Friday.
Second-seeded Arkansas (38-23) takes on No. 3 seed Liberty (41-16) in the nightcap.
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