Dec. 19, 2016
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. ÃƒÆ’Ã†’Â¢ÃƒÆ’Â¢’Â¬” Virginia’s Adam Haseley (Jr., Windermere, Fla.) and Pavin Smith (Jr., Jupiter, Fla.) have been named to Collegiate Baseball’s 2017 Preseason All-America Team, announced Monday (Dec. 19) by the publication. Haseley was named to the second team as a utility player, while Smith joined him on the second team at first base.
Haseley was a two-way standout for Virginia last season. At the plate and as UVA’s primary starting center fielder, Haseley batted .304 with six home runs, 19 doubles and 37 RBI. He also scored 61 runs while playing in all 60 of the Cavaliers’ games. Haseley started 13 games on the mound, going 9-3 with a team-low 1.73 ERA. In 78 innings, the southpaw gave up 15 earned runs, 54 hits and 21 walks while holding opponents to a .194 batting average.
Smith was a 2016 Second-Team All-ACC honoree at first base. The left-hander batted .329 with eight home runs, 16 doubles and 57 RBI in 60 games last year. He owns a .317 batting average, 15 home runs, 30 doubles and 101 RBI while starting all 128 games in his two seasons at Virginia.
Both players were named Cape Cod League All-Stars over the summer.
Virginia opens is season Feb. 17-19 at The Citadel’s Charleston Crab House Shootout in Charleston, S.C., prior to returning home Feb. 21 to begin their home schedule against VMI.
Under the tutelage of 14th-year head coach Brian O’Connor, Virginia returns 21 letterwinners from its 2016 squad that went 38-22 and earned host status for an NCAA Regional, marking the Cavaliers’ 13th straight trip to the NCAA tournament. UVA won the 2015 National Championship and has earned four College World Series berths and six NCAA Super Regional appearances since 2009.