Virginia advanced to the regional final with a walk-off win against Mississippi State. (Shotgun Spratling)

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Charlottesville: Depth of lineup helps Virginia advance to regional final

At The Ballpark

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Brian O’Connor looked over to third base coach and offensive coordinator Kevin McMullan. He put up three fingers. The Virginia head coach wanted his hitters to have three chances to drive in the winning run after Harrison Didawick led off the bottom of the ninth with a ground rule double that hopped the left-center field fence.

No bunting. No moving a runner up.

Even though the bottom third of the Cavaliers’ lineup was due up, O’Connor wanted them swinging away.

“I believe in these guys that one of these guys was going to drive the run[…]

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