The Tigers are the nation's top-ranked team and, thanks to a nice balance of offense and pitching, haven't lost since their Southeastern Conference tournament opener on May 20. The 10-game winning streak is the Tigers' longest of the season.
Virginia must be careful whenever junior Jared Mitchell reaches base. Mitchell, the 23rd overall selection in this week's draft, has 69 career stolen bases. The Tigers' lineup is heavy with left-handed hitters, though, so they will be challenged by Virginia starter Danny Hultzen, who is a lefty.
The Cavaliers' formula throughout the season has been pitching, defense and base running. Those ingredients helped them come back in the super regional against Mississippi, and it will be required if the Cavaliers want to knock off the nation's top team.
The key for the offense has been base running. The Cavaliers stole five bases in the second game of the super regional and six bases in the third game - both wins.
(Photos: Virginia coach Brian O'Connor, right, speaks at the baseball coaches traditional news conference. LSU coach Paul Mainieri looks on at left. O’Connor and Mainieri are old friends. Virginia's Jared King, left, receives a back rub from Matt Packer, center, as Kevin Arico signs an oversized baseball during baseball practice at Rosenblatt Stadium.)