The Home Opener - VMI

Posted on February 18, 2019, in Baseball by Karl Hess.

The Hoos (0-3) had a rough go of it out in Arizona including a blown save in the weekend finale against Fullerton. Their reward was a cross country flight and a quick schedule change. With snow and ice in the forecast Wednesday, there's no way the home opener was going off as scheduled. When the other team is a quick trip away in Lexington, it's easy to change the schedule on the fly. So scratch Wednesday. The home opener is now Tuesday instead.

VMI (2-2) arrive...

Virginia Tech Hokies

Virginia partakes in its second road Big Monday date, this time against a Hokie team that's historically given the Wahoos fits at least once a season. VT is trying to do it this time with star PG Justin Robinson out injured, but funny things can happen in the Barn regardless. Can UVA finally go a season without a VT trip up?

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Seattle Hoo and Valentine are back with comments on the Duke game, the Duke-Louisville game, the Cheatolina beatback, and some anticipatory reflections on Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Louisville. Seattle Hoo really wants to know: Louisville, who ARE you?


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Welcome to the 2019 baseball season!

The Hoos have been hard at work since we last saw them on the diamond in the ACC Tournament in Durham. To open the new season, they fly across the country to Arizona where three games against three college baseball powers await them. Friday brings national title favorite Vanderbilt. Waiting Saturday is perennial Big 12 power TCU. And the Fullerton Titans, owners of a twenty-seven year NCAA tournament berth streak, will be the...

The Blueprint Works

Posted on February 12, 2019, in The Team by MaizeAndBlueWahoo.

If you can't beat Duke in front of LeBron, just beat Carolina in front of MJ.  That's a little bit more of a dagger anyway.

The Hoos got through a major Tobacco-roadblock in their schedule with a 1-1 record in two games, and in the process dug a big trench around their conference #2 seed.  Duke now looms as the odds-on favorite for the top seed, which means the chances are good that any rematch would take place where it belongs: in the ACC championship...

It was a happy coincidence that the Hoos had the bye after their ninth ACC game. It gave us time to pause and reflect on the first half of the ACC schedule as we prepare for the biggest two-game stretch of the season.  With nine games in the books, we can start to draw solid inferences from the statistics.

Impact Hoo

The highest Average SPI in ACC play belongs to De'Andre Hunter, who has an average SPI of 20.78 per game.  For those who do not yet k...

Seattle Hoo and Valentine are back to talk more about Duke.  But first, they recap the Clash of the Tiny Titans, and Seattle gives Mamadi Diakite some recognition.  There's a little recruiting talk at the end, and, oh yeah, Carolina, too.

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2019 Preseason Poll Roundup

Posted on February 7, 2019, in Baseball by Karl Hess.

College baseball's opening day is just eight days away. All of the major, national preseason polls are now out. Let's see how the experts are looking at the 2019 season.

We'll cover the ACC teams and the opening weekend opponents for the Hoos. Polls covered will be D1Baseball, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, Perfect Game, College Baseball Daily, and the USA Today Coaches Poll. All but Collegiate Ba...

What Happened In 2018?

Posted on February 6, 2019, in Baseball by Karl Hess.

For most followers of the Virginia baseball program, the 2018 season was the only down season they've known. The Hoos finished the campaign 12-18 in ACC play and 29-25 overall. It was the first season in Brian O'Connor's fifteen year tenure at UVA that the Hoos did not reach the postseason. It was a disappointing outcome for all and we've never really examined why it happened. There was no single point of failure that resulted in a frustrating 2018 season. Rather, it was a confluence of several factors that prevented the Hoos from reaching their goals. They steadily built upon one another until the goal of a postseason run was lost. In no particular order...