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ACC Tournament Thoughts

Posted on May 22, 2018, in Baseball by Karl Hess.

Today, the ACC Tournament begins for baseball. The Hoos slot into Pool C with both NC State and Florida State. It will be UVA's first games against those teams this season, so tournament pool play in Durham allows for some fresh action after a long season.

Heading into the tournament, the goal and mission are simple. The goal is qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the 15th consecutive season. The mission, in order to accomplish that goal, is to win the ACC Tour...

Wake Forest - Series Preview

Posted on May 16, 2018, in Baseball by Karl Hess.

The final regular season series of the season has arrived. The Hoos travel to Winston Salem to square off against host Wake Forest. After taking 2 of 3 from Georgia Tech this past weekend, UVA has a lot to play for this weekend. An ACC Tournament berth is within the team's grasp. Can they reach out and grab it?

Team Records

Virginia:  27-22 (Overall), 11-16 (ACC)

Georgia Tech - Series Preview

Posted on May 11, 2018, in Baseball by Karl Hess.

The interminable exam break is over! We get to see our Wahoo baseball team take the field again this weekend beginning Friday evening. The Yellow Jackets from Georgia Tech will be in town for three. This will be the final ACC home series of the season and will also include Senior Day festivities. If UVA plans on qualifying for the ACC Tournament this month, a series win against Georgia Tech would be a great place to start with only a road series at Wake Forest remaining in conference play after this weekend.

It's been a few years since the baseball program has put out a release announcing its signed recruiting class. In that absence, UVA Baseball fans are left to scour the far reaches of the internet for some info. HOOS Place is going to attempt to fill that void this year with this primer. Fair warning in that I'm using the list of committed players provided by PerfectGame.org and don't have any sort of official release. PerfectGame is likely highly accurate with the exception of including Christian Hlinka on the list for the 2018 class. Hlinka elected to reclassify into the 2017 class and is now a freshman outfielder on the team.

The Gonzaga Model?

Posted on May 6, 2018, in Blog by Seattle Hoo.

At some point after the commitment of Kody Stattmann, I started talking to StLouHoo behind the scenes wondering if Tony were moving to a Gonzaga model of roster-building, and if we would not see that intensify with the flameout of 2017-18 pursuing blue chip high school/AAU stars.  Gonzaga has built an excellent, sustained program without bringing in consistent top 50 or even top 100 high school players.  Say what you will about their post-season performance - and I have done my share of saying - they tend to at least win their first game and have a healthy sprinkling of second weekend appearances with that title game of two years ago.  They've done it by relying heavil...

Welcome Braxton Key

Posted on May 6, 2018, in Recruiting by StLouHoo.

For the third time in a week I'm having to write a recruiting update. This is a good problem to have. Monday it was the wrap up of the April live periods. Wednesday it was the commitment of center Francisco Caffaro. And today, it's the pledge of Alabama transfer wing Braxton Key.

If the name Braxton Key sounds a little familiar to you, it should. Virginia began recruiting him as early as 2014 (back then he went by Braxton Blackwell) to be the big wing in it's 2...

Welcome Francisco Caffaro

Posted on May 2, 2018, in Recruiting by StLouHoo.

Recruiting moves fast, as we always say, when it wants to. That was as evident this week as ever. Tony dipped out of a VAF event on Monday night saying he had to rush back to Charlottesville for a big man recruit. On Tuesday morning, the media reported that visitor was 7-foot Argentinian Francisco Caffaro, a name almost none of us had heard before, and certainly not connected to Virginia. Quick Google searches showed he was also looking at Nebraska, St Mary's, Georgia Tech, and Oregon. By Tuesday night, he'd committed. 

VCU Rematch Preview

Posted on May 1, 2018, in Baseball by Karl Hess.

After losing three one-run games over the weekend to Clemson, the Hoos' NCAA Tournament aspirations are all but gone for the moment. In order to revive them, the team needs to begin stacking wins in a hurry prior to the ACC Tournament. And even then, they might need to win the whole damn thing.

The first opportunity to add to the win column comes today as VCU visits The Dish for a Tuesday evening affair. This will be a rematch of a game played in Richmond at Th...

The 1st of May is a great point to take a step back and review our basketball recruiting posture. It's been a few weeks since we laid out our Spring/Summer recruiting strategy thought piece, and in that time we've seen the usual April flurry of activity. Late 2018 recruits, graduate and traditional transfers, and the start of the grassroots AAU circuits featuring 2019 and 2020 recruits have combined to make it a hectic few weeks. With the calendar flipping to M

Clemson - Series Preview

Posted on April 27, 2018, in Baseball by Karl Hess.

Mother Nature intervened to cancel UVA's trip to Norfolk to play Old Dominion this week. So, the Hoos return to the diamond this weekend on the heels of the dramatic series win at Louisville. The Hoos will be hosting the nationally ranked Clemson Tigers. The win over Louisville opened the door slightly for Virginia's NCAA Tournament chances. If they want to kick that door open, taking the series against Clemson will be just what the doctor ordered.

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