For Virginia senior Artie Lewicki, his GoPro camera has been as much a necessity at the College World Series as his hat and glove.
The miniature video camera has been with Lewicki every step of the way since the Cavaliers left for Omaha on Thursday morning -- including attached to the bill of his UVa hat at Friday's practice at TD Ameritrade Park.
"I was here in 2011, and one of the older guys was doing it. But he just had a video blog," the pitcher explained. "So I thought it would be really cool to just get it, get every moment so when we look back, however many years from now, we have it."
Lewicki is one of three current Cavaliers -- along with fellow senior pitchers Whit Mayberry and Austin Young -- who were on the roster the last time UVa reached the College World Series, in 2011. Lewicki pitched 9.1 innings out of the bullpen as a freshman that season, and didn't appear in a CWS game.
Lewicki has played a much larger role in helping the Wahoos get back to Omaha this season. He's 6-1 with a 1.62 ERA in 12 appearances, including nine starts. Lewicki threw seven shutout innings innings in a 10-1 win in UVa's NCAA opener against Bucknell on May 30, and last Sunday, he gave up two unearned runs in 3.1 innings out of the bullpen to earn his first college save in UVa's 7-3 super regional win against Maryland.
This trip to Omaha brings Lewicki's college career full circle, an opportunity he plans to make the most of -- and not just by documenting every step with his camera.
"It's surreal, man," Lewicki said. "I walked in here, and it starts to bring back memories. Some good, obviously not the best with the way we ended in 2011. But I mean, it's a beautiful ballpark. It's a big league park, it looks like. But I mean, it's sweet. I'm excited. I can't wait to start playing."
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