He was right, and we were wrong.
To repent and set the world right, the month of June will now be T.A.H. UVA Baseball Month. Enjoy!)
The Virginia baseball team met with the media Tuesday in preparation for its trip to the NCAA Oxford Super Regional Friday through Sunday to face Ole Miss. The series begins with a 2 p.m. Friday game, followed by a noon game on Saturday. If necessary, the teams will face off at 3 p.m. Sunday for the right to go to the College World Series.
Coach Brian O'Connor on the rarity of having a senior as an impact player: “The ones who are highly thought of by the professional people typically move on to professional baseball after their junior year. Andrew [Carraway] was very highly thought of during the draft last year, but he was so committed to finishing his degree here first, living on the lawn, and having the total experience that he wanted to see this thing through. Right now we are reaping the benefits of that.”
John Hicks on being poised as freshmen: “We have been put in these situations our whole baseball career. I think all of us played travel ball. Especially in the fall with the Blue and Orange World Series, the coaches put all the freshmen in situations where they need to come up big for their team. We all believe that when we get in the box or on the mound that we are going to come up for the team. We all believe in each other.”
Kevin Arico on helpful advice received: “I’ve gotten a lot of good advice, talking about being one guy on the mound and being another guy off the field – that guy to your teammates. What you really need to do is show them for two innings like it was.”
Keith Werman on new-found playing time: “I got some opportunities to play and I took advantage of them, just let it happen.”
Danny Hultzen on finding time at first base: “I was recruited definitely as a pitcher. Coach [Kuhn] came to see me pitch and that was definitely how I got here, but I guess I hit pretty well that game he came to see. Once I came here to talk about recruiting, they asked me if I thought I could hit here, and honestly, I didn’t think I was able to. I didn’t have the confidence that I do now in my hitting. Once fall ball started, they gave me a chance to hit and I guess I proved myself against our pitching in batting practice. From there, I worked my way into starting at first base.”