Part of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), the University of Virginia Cavaliers consists of more than 20 sports teams for men and women, including basketball, football, wrestling, track and field, and tennis. Since its first season in 1889, baseball has endured as one of the most popular sports played by the Cavaliers.
Under head coach Brian O'Connor, the University of Virginia's baseball program received a “power program” designation by ESPN in 2013 and completed the year with a 50-12 record. Since joining the school in 2004, O'Connor has led the team to more than 450 wins and several ACC championships. In January 2014, for the first time in the team's existence, Baseball America and Perfect Game selected the club as number one in the preseason national rankings. The ACC also named the University of Virginia as the preseason favorite going into the 2014 season based on a poll of the conference's 14 coaches.