UVa Baseball Celebrates Season; Looks Forward to Next Year
Junior Derek Fisher waved to the crowd at the 'Welcome Home' celebration
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -
The Virginia baseball team was back in Charlottesville Thursday, after playing for the national championship in Omaha Wednesday night.
The team didn't come away with the title, but they did reach the championship round for the first time in program history, and received what is becoming a traditional reception when they returned home.
Davenport field was packed, as Cavalier fans came out to celebrate the UVa baseball teams performance in the College World Series.
Junior third baseman Kenny Towns says, "It's pretty impressive, some of these guys just getting back from Omaha today, just coming out, and taking even more time to show us how much they care, and how much they appreciate what we do for this program."
Senior pitcher Artie Lewicki adds, "It was cool. I was here in 2011 when they did it. I totally forgot we did it, to be honest with you. We came back, and I remembered. It was a cool experience."
The Wahoos had the runner-up trophy at the ballpark, after losing 3-2 against Vanderbilt in the title match Wednesday night.
Head coach Brian O'Connor says, "24 hours removed from losing a national championship game by one run, I can tell you there is still a lot of heartache. The celebration tonight was great, and it was great that so many fans showed up to support our team, but this one is going to hurt for awhile."
The Cavaliers had eight players selected in the Major League baseball draft this year, including six juniors.
Towns says, "We're going to lose a good amount of incredible junior talent and senior talent, but I think we're going to have a great squad. The pitching staff is pretty much returning, so that's what you need to win games with. I think the future is bright for us."
O'Connor adds, "It's going to be a team that's going to rely on some serious contributions from some first year's, but that's ok, because I think we're going to have the pitching to carry it for awhile, until those young players can get their feet on the ground, and get some at-bat's."
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