WELL, CAN’T SAY THAT I’M DISAPPOINTED ABOUT OUR STATE BECOMING A BASEBALL HOTBED this week. Friday will have a electric feel in both Blacksburg and Charlottesville, as the Hokies and Cavs host NCAA regional games.
-Tech plays UConn at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Coastal Carolina and Oklahoma meet at 1 p.m. in Blacksburg.
-UVa opens with Army at 1 p.m. Friday, with UNC Wilmington and Elon facing off at 6 p.m.
-As others have mentioned, Tech’s regional is brutal. But that’s how it should be. The NCAA giveth (a host site) and taketh away (an easy path), so seems fair to me.
-Oklahoma has the No. 1 prospect in the 2013 draft according to Baseball America in RHP Jonathan Gray. The publication notes: After maxing out at 94 mph in high school, he now works comfortably at 94-97 and can hit 100 mph while looking like he’s just playing catch. Gray’s fastball also features heavy life. He shows the ability to dial it down to 92-94 in the middle innings before turning it back up toward the end of games, a la Justin Verlander. He has refined his slider into a wipeout pitch with depth and bite, and he can make hitters look silly with an improved changeup that bottoms out at the plate.
-Even if the Sooners choose to start him in Game 1, they would have the 59th-best prospect in LHP Dillon Overton ready to go in Game 2. Says BA: Overton has topped out at 95 mph and shown three plus pitches at times. He often pitches in the low 90s with his fastball, which gains deception and life thanks to his crossfire delivery. His slider can be a wipeout pitch and his fading changeup also can elicit swings and misses. He has a loose arm and fills the strike zone with ease.
-Oklahoma first baseman Matt Oberste (No. 87 draft prospect) set a Sooners record with a 30-game hitting streak this year.
BIG LEAGUE TIES
-Lee Mazzilli’s son, L.J., plays second base for UConn and is ranked No. 247 in BA’s draft prospects.
Here’s what the Tech site says about tickets:
Tickets will be sold Wednesday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Lane Stadium Ticket Office.
Everyone is encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.
Ticket sales on game day will begin two (2) hours prior the the first game of the day. Tickets sold at English Field on game day will be CASH ONLY. Please plan on arriving early to avoid long lines at the gates.
Gates will open one (1) hour prior to the game.
Prices per game:
$15 – Reserved seat in the main stands (see seating chart below)
$10 – General Admission Adults
$5 – General Admission Students
NAME THAT TUNE
Johnny’s firin’ up his Coleman grill
We’ve got 24 tall boys on the chill
(Yeah, 14 of em’s mine)
A little Marshall Tucker on the radio (can’t you see)
You know we’re just catchin’ a little groove before the show
Yeah, ain’t playin’ nothin’ slow…