Aug. 5, 2013
The summer season is wrapping up for members of the Virginia baseball team as they compete in college baseball summer leagues across the country. The playoffs for most leagues either have begun or start in the next week, with the teams of 11 Cavaliers already qualifying for postseason play.
All five Cavaliers who are competing in the Cape Cod League will play in the league's playoffs beginning Tuesday. UVa teammates will square off on opposing teams in the first round as Josh Sborz and his Orleans Firebirds battle the Harwich Mariners, featuring Cavaliers Branden Cogswell, Derek Fisher and Nick Howard in a first-round series beginning Tuesday at Orleans. Brandon Downes and the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox play Chatham in the best-of-three first-round series.
UVa's Nathan Kirby is pitching for the NECBL Western Division champion Keene Swamp Bats. He started the Swamp Bats' playoff opener against the Holyoke Blue Sox, striking out a season-high 12 batters over 6 1/3 innings in Keene's 5-4 win. Kirby had a fantastic regular season, going 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA in eight appearances (seven starts); he struck out 60 batters in 43 innings. David Rosenberger also is having a solid summer with the Vermont Mountaineers, who finished second in the NECBL Western Division. He has registered a 2-1 record with a 2.64 ERA in eight outings (five starts).
Virginia's John LaPrise continues to lead the Northwoods League in batting at .409. He holds a 36-point lead in the race for the league's batting title. LaPrise's Madison Mallards teammate Joe McCarthy has upped his average to .302 this summer, while Mike Papi, playing for the Lakeshore Chinooks, has raised his average to .324. Madison already has clinched a berth in the playoffs after winning the South Division's first-half championship. Lakeshore holds a two-game lead in the race for the second-half South Division title.
Cape Cod League
Branden Cogswell, Harwich Mariners
33 games, .231 BA (28-121), 1 2B, 6 RBI, 12 BB
Brandon Downes, Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox
36 games, .246 BA (29-118), 6 2B, 4 HR, 15 RBI
Derek Fisher, Harwich Mariners
36 games, .333 BA (40-120), 6 2B, 21 RBI, 25 BB, 13 SB
Nick Howard, Harwich Mariners
19 games, .276 BA (21-76), 5 2B, 1 3B; pitching: 5 games, 5 GS, 1-2, 5.14 ERA, 24.2 IP, 4 BB, 25 K
Josh Sborz, Orleans Firebirds
8 games, 6 GS, 1-2, 5.71 ERA, 28.1 IP, 38 H, 27 K
New England Collegiate Baseball League
Kevin Doherty, Saratoga Brigade
17 games, 3-3, 2.61 ERA, 2 saves, 31.0 IP, 8 BB, 24 K
Nate Irving, Keene Swamp Bats
5 games, .267 BA (4-15), 1 RBI, 3 BB
Nathan Kirby, Keene Swamp Bats
8 games, 7 GS, 3-0, 1.67 ERA, 43.0 IP, 28 H, 18 BB, 60 K
David Rosenberger, Vermont Mountaineers
8 games, 5 GS, 2-1, 2.64 ERA, 34.0 IP, 27 H, 8 BB, 21 K
Cameron Tekker, Saratoga Brigade
13 games, 2-2, 4 saves, 5.30 ERA, 18.2 IP, 18 H, 14 BB, 28 K
Kenny Towns, Vermont Mountaineers
20 games, .250 BA (16-64), 7 R, 5 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 6 BB, 3 SB
Rob Bennie, Wisconsin Woodchucks
37 games, .222 BA (28-126), 18 R, 7 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 15 RBI
Robbie Coman, Wisconsin Rapids Rafters
34 games, .311 BA (37-119), 18 R, 5 2B, 21 RBI, 12 BB
John LaPrise, Madison Mallards
43 games, .409 BA (70-171), 41 R, 5 2B, 2 3B, 27 RBI, 16 BB, 14 SB
Joe McCarthy, Madison Mallards
42 games, .302 BA (51-169), 29 R, 9 2B, 3 HR, 39 RBI, 28 BB, 7 SB
Mike Papi, Lakeshore Chinooks
31 games, .324 BA (33-102), 24 R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 29 BB, 5 SB
George Ragsdale, Wisconsin Rapids Rafters
42 games, .230 BA (31-135), 23 R, 8 2B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 10 BB
Hall Continues to Elevate His GameMen's Basketball12/16/17On an afternoon when fellow guards Nigel Johnson and Kyle Guy also shined for No. 16 Virginia, Devon Hall scored a career-high 20 points and added five rebounds and five assists.Diakite's Impact Growing for CavaliersMen's Basketball12/15/17Redshirt sophomore Mamadi Diakite has been a positive presence around the basket for No. 16 Virginia, which hosts Davidson on Saturday afternoon at JPJ.Welsh Connection Adds to Bowl StorylinesFootball12/14/17Virginia (6-6) meets Navy (6-6) in the Military Bowl, Dec. 28 in Annapolis, Md. George Welsh is a former head coach of each team.
Director of News Content
A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
Virginia Announces Inaugural Baseball Hall of Fame Class
Baseball | 12/7/2017
The 15-member Virginia Baseball Hall of Fame class was unveiled today by current members of the...
2018 Baseball Season Tickets on Sale Now
Baseball | 12/4/2017
The public sale of 2018 Virginia baseball season tickets begins on Monday, Dec. 4 for the...
Inaugural Hall of Fame Class to be Inducted at 2018 Step Up ...
Baseball | 11/2/2017
The Virginia Baseball program will announce its inaugural Virginia Baseball Hall of Fame class at...
Jeff White: Sousa Has Unfinished Business at UVA
Baseball | 11/3/2017
Senior left-hander Bennett Sousa, who was 3-0 with a 4.09 ERA last season, will be a key member...
Orange Wins Orange & Blue World Series
Baseball | 11/5/2017
For the third year in a row, Orange was crowned Orange and Blue World Series champions.
Two-Run, Two-Out Rally Lifts Orange to Game 5 Victory
Baseball | 10/31/2017
Orange took control of the second portion of the seven-game Orange and Blue World Series with a 5...
Inaugural Baseball Hall of Fame Class to be Unveiled Thursday
Baseball | 12/06/2017
The inaugural Virginia Baseball Hall of Fame class will be revealed on Thursday, Dec. 7.
Blue Takes First Three-Game Series with 5-0 Win in Game 3
Baseball | 10/29/2017
The Blue team captured the first three-game series based on run differential, but the Orange...
- Online Stores