Virginia started postseason play on a 1-3 kick that dropped them to a #3 seed in the NCAA Tournament and shipped them all the was across the country to the Lake Elsinore Regional. Since then, they've gone 8-1 en route to a berth in the College World Series championship and a rematch with last year's national champions.
Virginia and Vanderbilt were the two hottest teams in the country when the calendar flipped over to June, setting up a familiar scene in Omaha. The Commodores and Cavaliers battled through an all-time classic last season, capped by John Norwood's eighth inning home run that sealed a 3-2 Vandy victory and the school's first ever men's NCAA championship. Now, Virginia is back to settle the score.
So what will the underdogs bring to the College World Series finale? We turned to an expert to break it down.
Caroline Darney is an Editor over at Streaking the Lawn, SB Nation's Virginia Cavaliers hub. We teamed up last year to break down the College World Series championship, so round two was a given for this long-awaited rematch. I had questions about Connor Jones, Nathan Kirby, and more - and she had answers. Here's what she had to say about the Hoos.