Virginia Baseball to Play Ontario Blue Jays in Sept. 19 Exhibition
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. The Virginia baseball team will play host to the Ontario Blue Jays in a fall exhibition game at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Davenport Field. The game is open to the public, and admission is free.
The Cavaliers have 19 letterwinners returning from the 2008 team, which went 39-23, reached the ACC Championship game and competed in the NCAA tournament. Sixth-year head coach Brian O’Connor also has added 12 freshmen to the mix to help form a young team that consists of 22 underclassmen.
Virginia is in the midst of fall practice sessions, culminating in the Orange and Blue World Series in October.
The Cavaliers tied a school record last season by having six players selected in the Major League Baseball Draft. Virginia returns several key cogs from the 2008 squad, including reigning national ERA champion Matt Packer (Jr., Germantown, Tenn.) and weekend starting pitcher Andrew Carraway (Sr., Marietta, Ga.).
At the offensive end, the team’s top two hitters, outfielders John Barr (So., Ivyland, Pa.) and Dan Grovatt (So., Tabernacle, N.J.) each are back. All four outfielders return, as Barr and Grovatt are joined by fellow sophomores David Coleman (Richmond, Va.) and Jarrett Parker (Stafford, Va.).
Virginia is seeking its sixth-consecutive NCAA tournament berth and has won 216 games over the last five years.