With Cam Simmons Ready to Go, UVa Baseball Begins Fall Season
The UVa baseball team will play its first game of the fall season on Friday against Liberty, and senior outfielder Cam Simmons will be back in the lineup, after missing all of last season due to injury.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Virginia baseball team will host Liberty in its first Fall Ball game of the season on Friday at six o'clock Disharoon Park.
Admission to the game is Free.
It'll be the first chance for Cavalier fans to get a look at the teams' highly-touted freshman class, as well as one impact senior.
Virginia senior outfielder Cameron Simmons missed all of last season with a shoulder injury, and head coach Brian O'Connor is excited to have him back on the field this year.
"His rehab has gone great," says O'Connor. "He's back out there running around, and swinging the bat good. Knocking the rust off a little bit, after taking this amount of time off, but we're excited to have him back out in our uniform."
Simmons batted .352 with nine home runs and 57 RBI as a sophomore.
He was selected in the 15th round of the Major League draft this summer, despite missing the entire season, but opted to return to Virginia.
O'Connor says, "Having him back, and someone who has the experience that he does, will certainly be impactful, and figuring out who the other guys are who are going to build up around him."
Players like Tanner Morris, Alex Tappen, and Nate Eikhoff will be back.
The Cavaliers have a highly-touted freshman class, including pitcher Mike Vasil.
"What you don't know with all those players is, how do they adapt to this level of baseball?" says O'Connor. "That's one of the big reasons I'm really excited about Friday night, playing a live game against Liberty in this stadium, so see how they respond to that situation."
Junior Noah Murdock will get the start on the mound against Liberty on Friday.