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Freshman Will Start Season Opener For UVA Baseball

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Pitchers and catchers are rolling into Major League Baseball Spring Training for the first time this week.

They are way ahead of that pace at the college level, as the Virginia baseball team will play its first game of the season Friday.

The Cavaliers will open up the 2013 schedule with a three-game series this weekend at East Carolina.

Lefthander Brandon Waddell will get the start on the mound, and is the first freshman to start for UVA on opening day since 1986.

Head coach Brian O'Connor says, "Brandon Waddell, since he's been here, has shown really incredible poise. He's very competitive. He's very prepared. He's earned this right, and I think he's going to do some great pitching in his career here, and I'm excited he's going to get us off to a good start."

Virginia is ranked 25th in the nation, and has a lot of youth, with just three seniors on this year's roster.

Senior first baseman Jared King says, "It's a good problem to have, because we have guys moving on to the next level. It's an opportunity for those new guys to step in and fill a spot."

UVA opens the season Friday at three o'clock at East Carolina.

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