Offensively, juniors Steven Proscia (.341 with eight home runs and 58 runs batted in) and John Hicks (.339 with seven homers and 54 RBIs), both first-team All-ACC honorees and drafted in the seventh and fourth round, respectively, by Seattle, lead the way.
And if pitching and offense aren't enough, ACC Coach of the Year Brian O'Connor's squad has a team fielding percentage of .980.
"Clearly, they are a heavyweight," said UCI Coach Mike Gillespie, whose then-No. 1-ranked Anteaters lost twice and were eliminated by Virginia in the Irvine Regional in 2009. "We learned that the hard way. There's no sugar-coating it, they are good and its going to require us to be as good as we can possibly be."
The Anteaters (42-16) played well enough to defeat three conference champions to win the Los Angeles Regional, completed Sunday at UCLA. They, too, boast offense, pitching and defense that has, at varying times, been dazzling.
UCI is batting .299 with a 2.90 team ERA and a fielding percentage of .979.
But UCI, ranked as high as No. 12 in the final national polls (Collegiate Baseball), managed two one-run victories, as well as a 12-6 verdict in the regional, to earn the program's third super regional berth in the last five seasons.
Virginia, batting .307 as a team with a 2.27 cumulative ERA, swept through its own regional, outscoring its three victims, 29-3, and averaging 14 strikeouts per contest.
UVA also swept four ACC Tournament games and is on a seven-game winning streak. It has also posted winning streaks of 13 and 12 games and other than being swept in a three-game series at ACC rival North Carolina (May 19-21), has not lost more than one consecutive game.