CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia baseball team garnered a preseason ranking of No. 19 from D1Baseball.com. The Cavaliers are one of seven Atlantic Coast Conference teams in the website’s Top-25.
Virginia is coming off back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, including the program’s fifth College World Series berth in 2021. The Cavaliers won 39 games last season and owned a 17-13 mark in league play. UVA will return six starting position players from a year ago including All-American third baseman Jake Gelof. Over the past two seasons the Cavalier pitching staff has boasted the lowest ERA (3.80) in the ACC and the eighth lowest among any team in the country.
Virginia is under the direction of head coach Brian O’Connor, who enters his 20th season at the helm. Highlighted by the 2015 National Championship, O’Connor has guided the Cavaliers to 789 wins, the fifth-most in the country over the past 19 years. Known for player development, 29 Cavaliers have reached the big leagues and 94 have been selected in the MLB Draft in his tenure.
UVA will open up its season in Wilmington, N.C. against Ohio in the Hughes Bros. Challenge hosted by UNCW. The Cavaliers home opener is slated for Tuesday, Feb. 21 against Longwood.
Additional Preseason Rankings: Collegiate Baseball Newspaper: 16; Perfect Game: 19
STEP UP TO THE PLATE
Virginia’s signature preseason event will take place this Saturday (Jan. 21) inside John Paul Jones Arena. Hear from former MLB player and UVA Hall of Famer Brandon Guyer as he reflects on his illustrious career with the Wahoos and later with the Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Guardians. The program will also induct Ernie Clement (2015-17), Kyle Crockett (2011-13), Joe Hicks (1951-53) and Pavin Smith (2015-17) into the Virginia Baseball Hall of Fame.
General admission seats are $75 each and reserved seats are available starting at $125 per season ticket. Season tickets may be purchased online at UVATix.com or by calling the Virginia Athletic Ticket Office at (434) 924-8821. Season tickets can be paid in full or spread out equally over a 4-month interest free bill plan.
Cav Pass (New this year!)
For a fixed price of $99, fans are guaranteed a general admission ticket to all regular season ticket home games with the opportunity to select right field, baseline, or infield seats based on availability on a game-by-game basis.
Virginia single-game tickets for February and March home games are scheduled to go on sale to the public on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 9 a.m.