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UVA Baseball Opens Practice In The Snow

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It sure didn't look like it at snow-covered Davenport Field, but Friday was the first day of practice for the UVA baseball team.

With Davenport covered in snow, the Wahoos were forced to move over to the Blue Turf Field at University Hall for their first practice.

The Cavaliers have just three weeks until their first game of the season, and were getting ready by taking grounders in the cold Friday afternoon.

Virginia is ranked 25th in the preseason coaches poll.

They return 19 letterwinners from last year's team, including six position starters.

UVA went 39-19-1 in 2012, including 18-12 in the ACC, and made the program's 9th straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

Virginia head coach Brian O'Connor says he doesn't mind a snowy opening day of practice.

"I think the weather today is great," says O'Connor. "I think it presents its first challenge to this team. They have a choice. They can pout and feel sorry for themselves because we're not on their field, or they can get some good work in and get better today."

Sophomore outfielder Derek Fisher adds, "It's a challenge, and it's something we could face during the season. I think that's a good thing, to face 60 degree weather, which anyone could play in, but also when it's snowing, and 20 degrees out. We could face that during the year. No matter the weather, we always get the work in, and we always get better every day."

Virginia will open the season February 15th at East Carolina University.

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