Cape Cod League MVP Ernie Clement leads a stacked Virginia lineup (Aaron Fitt)


Fall Report: Virginia

Fall Report

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Over the last decade, Virginia has firmly established itself as a bona fide perennial power — a program that is going to be in regionals every year, usually as a host and often as a College World Series contender. Even last year, when the Cavs had a considerably thinner pitching staff than usual, they still hosted a regional, thanks to a dynamic offense and to pitching coach Karl Kuhn’s excellent work getting the most out of his arms.

Some questions linger on the mound heading into 2017, especially now that ace Connor Jones has moved on to pro ball, leaving just one other returning starter who posted an ERA below 5 last year (two-way star Adam Haseley). But the Cavaliers are once again loaded with athleticism, depth and serious offensive upside in the lineup, as they showed off in Saturday’s 14-inning scrimmage at Liberty.


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