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UVa Baseball's Closers To-Be Will Have Huge Shoes to Fill

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The countdown is on and the top-ranked UVa baseball team is now five days away from their season opener against Kentucky.

On Monday morning, Coach O'Connor had a chance to address the media as they gear up for the SEC foe.

O'Connor and his staff do not have an official line-up yet but the three starting pitchers will be Brandon Waddell against Kentucky, Nathan Kirby on Saturday against VMI and Josh Sborz on Sunday as they take on UNCW.

O'Connor says the biggest hole the Cavs will need to fill in the roster is who will close.

The Cavaliers will be without star closer, Kyle Crockett, as he was drafted in the fourth round this summer to the Cleveland Indians.

Coach says he is looking at Nick Howard and Whit Mayberry to fill that spot and made it clear they will have huge shoes to fill. O'Connor explained, "No pressure on Nick Howard or Whit Mayberry or anybody else that might be in that role but Kyle Crockett was hands down the best closer that we've had here in ten years. No question. We don't come close to winning 50 ball games last year without the contributions and what Kyle Crockett did. Five games in a row, saved all five games. You really don't hear that in college baseball. He's special. I would not be shocked at all if he is in the major leagues this year, and maybe at the beginning of the year."

 

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