Stephen Strasburg remembers his 2009 NCAA regional loss to the ‘Hoos

Stephen Strasburg
Stephen Strasburg speaks with reporters after his rehab start with the Fredericksburg Nationals. Photo by Scott German.

Back in 2009, Stephen Strasburg, the soon-to-be first pick in the Major League draft, struck out 15 Virginia Cavalier hitters in an NCAA regional contest – and lost 5-1.

The loss ended his three-year college career. Virginia jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to a 410-foot homer off the bat of the Cavaliers Phil Gosselin, who turned around a Strasburg 100 mph fastball.

Strasburg, who came to Fredericksburg Tuesday night for a rehab start, addressed a small media group after his night was done and was extremely generous with his time, answering questions and discussing his rehabilitation process for nearly 20 minutes.

I repaid his hospitality by showing him my V Sabre emblem on my rain jacket that I had purposely hidden during our interview.

“Stephen, does this bring back any memories?” I asked, as I displayed the emblem.

“For sure,” smiled Strasburg. “I remember that game well. I was excited, and it was tough playing them. We didn’t have a good report (scouting), and they hit the ball well,” added Strasburg.

Not to be outdone Strasburg countered by saying “I gave up three homers all that season, and all three players made the majors. I guess that’s a pretty good legacy I have going.”

Story by Scott German


Scott German

Scott German covers UVA Athletics for AFP, and is the co-host of “Street Knowledge” podcasts focusing on UVA Athletics with AFP editor Chris Graham. Scott has been around the ‘Hoos his whole life. As a reporter, he was on site for UVA basketball’s Final Fours, in 1981 and 1984, and has covered UVA football in bowl games dating back to its first, the 1984 Peach Bowl.