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UVA announces inaugural Baseball Hall of Fame class

uva baseball hall of fameThe 15-member Virginia Baseball Hall of Fame class was unveiled today by current members of the Virginia Baseball team on the program’s social media channels. The inaugural Hall of Fame Class will be inducted at this year’s Step Up to the Plate event on Jan. 27, 2018.

The inaugural class includes Brian Buchanan (1992-94), Mike Cubbage (1969-71), Sean Doolittle (2005-07), Seth Greisinger (1994-96), Danny Hultzen (2009-11), Joe Koshansky (2001-04), Javier Lopez (1996-98), Bill Narleski (1984-87), Mark Reynolds (2002-04), Eppa Rixey (1912-14), Jacob Thompson (2006-08), Coach Jim West (1962-80), Tyler Wilson (2008-11), Coach Dennis Womack (1981-2003) and Ryan Zimmerman (2003-05).

In order to be considered for hall of fame induction, former student-athletes needed to be five years removed from exhaustion of college eligibility. Players and coaches were selected based on accolades earned as a player or coach while at Virginia, distinguishing careers in amateur or professional baseball and/or significant contributions through work or service made to the university.

“This is a great addition for Virginia baseball,” said head coach Brian O’Connor. “It’s important to us as a program to not only recognize our great players but to be able provide the link between the history of Virginia baseball and the guys that will take the field for us this spring.”

At the newly renovated Davenport Field, the Virginia Baseball Hall of Fame will have a prominent display along the right field concourse.

“It’s going to be special to walk through the new entrance in right field and see all the great players who have come through here,” added O’Connor. “It’s also an opportunity for our fans to be a part of the ceremony this year at Step Up to the Plate.”

Tickets for Step Up to the Plate are on sale now and may be ordered in person at the UVA Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall, by phone at 1-800-542-8821 or online at VirginiaSports.com. Sponsored tables may be reserved by calling the Virginia Athletics Foundation at 800-626-8723. Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets early as the event is expected to sell out.

 
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