January 15, 2008
The Virginia Baseball Team took the field this afternoon for its first workout of the 2008 season. This season, the NCAA allows teams to begin practicing 38 days prior to their first game, the most that they have ever allowed.
The Cavaliers will take the field this season with a mix of experienced and new talent. 16 newcomers enter the program, as Brian O'Connor looks to replace his entire outfield, and two key starting pitchers in Casey Lambert and Sean Doolittle.
Virginia will have 40 home games at Davenport Field this season, the most that the Cavaliers have ever had. They begin their 2008 schedule on February 22nd, as Lehigh visits Charlottesville for a four game series.
The Wahoos are coming off a 45-16 campaign in 2007, and notched its fourth straight 40 win season. Virginia was eliminated in the NCAA Regionals by eventual national champion Oregon State.
The program is also preparing for its annual Step Up to the Plate event, which signifies the beginning of the season. The event is being held on January 26th, with Boston Red Sox Manager Terry Francona as the keynote speaker. Former Virginia star and current Washington National Ryan Zimmerman is also expected to be in attendance.