CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia Baseball program will honor one of its own, three-time World Champion Javier Lopez of the San Francisco Giants, as part of the 11th annual Step Up to the Plate fundraiser, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena.
ESPN Baseball Analyst Tim Kurkjian will serve as the special host for the event. Several former Cavalier greats who now are playing professional baseball also will be in attendance for the special evening.
Tickets for Step Up To The Plate go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday (Nov. 12) and can be ordered in person at the UVa Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall, by phone at 1-800-542-UVA1 or online at VirginiaSports.com. Sponsored tables may be reserved by calling the Virginia Athletics Foundation at 800-626-8723. Proceeds from the event will support the Virginia Baseball program.
Ticket prices are $70 for adults, $35 for Virginia Baseball alumni, $30 for children 12 and under and $20 for current UVa students. A Family Four Pack is available, which includes two adult and two youth tickets for $175. Sponsored tables for the event are $2,500 and include a reserved table for a party of eight, admission to the pre-event reception and eight General Admission baseball season tickets (no trade opportunity for Reserved seats). The pre-event reception for table sponsors will begin at 5:15 p.m. There is also a group or team special rate with the purchase of 20 or more tickets - $50 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under.
Parking for the event is free in the John Paul Jones Arena and University Hall lots.
The night begins with an autograph session with the 2013 Virginia baseball team and silent auction at 5:45 p.m. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. with comments from UVa head coach Brian O’Connor as well as the introduction of the 2013 team. A live auction will take place prior to a buffet dinner at 7:30 p.m. The silent and live auctions will include autographed memorabilia from Virginia and the professional ranks, as well as game tickets, exclusive Virginia Baseball experiences and more. After dinner, Lopez and Kurkjian will speak to the audience and hold a Q&A session.
Lopez played at Virginia from 1996-98 and was a member of Virginia’s ACC championship team in 1996. He was drafted in 1998 by the Arizona Diamondbacks and made his Major League debut in 2003 with the Colorado Rockies. The left-handed pitcher has played with five organizations during his 10-year MLB career and won World Series rings with the Boston Red Sox in 2006 as well as the San Francisco Giants in 2010 and 2012.
Lopez posted a 3-0 record with a 2.50 ERA and a career-high seven saves in 70 relief appearances with the Giants in 2010. He has been a workhorse over the last three years, making at least 70 relief appearances each season, including a career-high 77 in 2010. In the past three seasons, Lopez is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA over 217 appearances.
Kurkjian joined ESPN in March 1998 as a reporter for Baseball Tonight and a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has an extensive background in covering baseball, serving as a senior writer for Sports Illustrated from 1989-97 as well as a reporter for CNN-SI from 1996-97.
Kirkjian began covering baseball as the Texas Rangers beat writer for the Dallas Morning News, where he worked from 1981-85. He then covered the Baltimore Orioles for the Baltimore Sun beginning in 1986 before moving on to Sports Illustrated in 1989. His journalism career began with the Washington Star in 1978 following his graduation from the University of Maryland. He also worked briefly for the Baltimore News American in 1981 prior to covering the Rangers.
2013 Virginia Baseball Step Up to the Plate
Honoring: UVa’s Javier Lopez
Special Host: ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian
Date: Friday, Feburary 1, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Location: John Paul Jones Arena
Parking: John Paul Jones Arena and University Hall
Adult Tickets: $70
Virginia Baseball Alumni: $35
Youth Tickets (12 & under): $30
Current UVa students: $20
Family Four Pack (2 adult, 2 youth tickets): $175
Sponsored Tables*: $2,500 (call VAF to reserve)
*Includes: eight tickets to pre-event reception with Javier Lopez, Tim Kurkjian and other Cavalier greats, eight reserved table tickets to Step Up to the Plate and eight General Admission 2013 Virginia baseball season tickets (no trade opportunity for Reserved seats)
Pre-event reception for table sponsors
Doors open, silent auction begins and autograph session with 2013 Virginia Baseball Team
Program begins; Coach O’Connor will introduce 2013 team; Live Auction
Buffet dinner begins; Javier Lopez and Tim Kurkjian will speak to the audience following dinner; the night concludes with silent auction results
For Tickets - call the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-542-UVA1; for tables call the Virginia Athletics Foundation at 1-800-626-8723
Virginia Baseball poster, schedule card, magnet and t-shirt for all in attendance
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia baseball coach Brian O’Connor has announced the Cavaliers’ 2013 schedule. The 54-game slate includes home ACC series against Florida State, Miami, NC State, Maryland and Duke as well as a three-game non-conference series at East Carolina.
The schedule features 21 games against programs that advanced to the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Twelve of UVa’s 20 road games will feature opponents that reached the NCAA tournament last year.
"Our players and coaches are looking forward to the upcoming 2013 season," O’Connor said. "We have many exciting ACC opponents as well as challenging non-conference games. Our home schedule will allow Cavalier fans to once again experience some great baseball at Davenport Field. Every season, our schedule creates a great opportunity for our program to be challenged at the highest level of college baseball, and we look forward to the opportunity again this season."
After a year hiatus, Virginia renews its series against East Carolina Feb. 15-17, as the Cavaliers travel to Greenville, N.C., to battle the Pirates for the season-opening weekend. The teams played home-and-home series in 2010 and 2011 and met again in the 2011 NCAA Charlottesville Regional, with UVa eliminating ECU in the championship game. The Pirates were NCAA Regional participants again last year.
Virginia opens its 34-game home schedule Feb. 19 at Davenport Field against William and Mary, marking the start of a 14-game home stand that lasts until March 13. As part of that stretch, the Cavaliers will play a three-game weekend series against Toledo (Feb. 22-24) and also a three-team round robin tournament the following weekend against Harvard and Bucknell (March 1-3). Toledo is the lone first-time opponent on the Cavaliers’ schedule, and UVa will be facing Harvard for the first time since 1965.
The Cavaliers open ACC play March 8-10 at home against Maryland. Virginia also will play home ACC series against NC State (March 22-24), Miami (March 29-31), Florida State (April 19-21) and Duke (May 10-12). FSU played in the College World Series last year, while NC State was an NCAA Super Regional participant and Miami hosted a regional.
Virginia’s five ACC road series are scheduled for Clemson (March 15-17), Wake Forest (April 5-7), Georgia Tech (April 12-14), Virginia Tech (April 26-28) and North Carolina (May 16-18). Clemson, Georgia Tech and UNC all competed in the NCAA tournament last season. UVa will play in Winston-Salem, N.C., against Wake Forest for the first time since sweeping the Demon Deacons there in 2009.
For the second straight year, UVa will not face Boston College in ACC play.
Virginia has non-conference home-and-home series slated against in-state foes Liberty and VCU. The Cavaliers will play host to Liberty on March 13 and travel to Lynchburg April 2 to play in the Flames’ new stadium. It will be the Cavaliers’ first game in Lynchburg since the 2005 season. UVa will travel to The Diamond in Richmond on April 30, with VCU returning to Charlottesville on May 14.
Virginia also will play host to George Washington (Feb. 26), VMI (March 6), Yale (March 19-20), Towson (March 26), Radford (April 10), Old Dominion (April 17), Richmond (April 23) and James Madison (April 24) in non-conference action.
The regular-season schedule is subject to change based on broadcast selections made by the ACC’s television and digital media broadcast partners. Both dates and times of games could be altered.
The Cavaliers return 18 letterwinners, including five position starters, from their 2012 squad which went 39-19-1 and reached the NCAA tournament for the ninth-consecutive season. UVa also welcomes a large class of 14 freshmen to form a young nucleus to the team. Of the 34 players currently on the roster, 25 are underclassmen.
2013 Season Ticket Information
Virginia 2013 baseball season tickets and 10-game packages go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday (Nov. 12). The entire grandstand (sections 101-109) will be Reserved seating with chairback seats replacing the bleacher seats in the grandstand for the 2013 season.
2013 season ticket prices are the same as they were for the 2012 season. Reserved Seat season tickets in sections 104-106 are $200 for adults and $175 for youth, seniors, and UVa faculty and staff. Reserved Seat season tickets in sections 101-103 and 107-109 are $175 for adults and $150 for youth, seniors, and UVa faculty and staff. All Reserved Seat season tickets are initially only available to renewing 2012 season ticket holders.
General Admission seating for the 2012 season is available in the first baseline bleachers in sections A-D and F, the left and right field bleachers, and on the hillside down the left field line. General Admission season tickets are $100 for adults and $75 for youth, seniors, and UVa faculty and staff.
The season ticket priority ordering deadline is Monday, Dec. 10. Fans wishing to renew tickets or purchase new season tickets should place their order by this date to take full advantage of Virginia Athletics Foundation priority.
Fans interested in purchasing new Reserved Seat season tickets may request to be added to the Reserved Seat wait list by contacting the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office. Should Reserved seats become available, they will be offered to customers on the wait list in Virginia Athletics Foundation priority point order.
2012 Virginia baseball season ticket holders should expect to receive their electronic application by email on Nov. 12 and a paper application in the mail on Nov. 12 or 13. Fans may renew their season tickets online by logging into their individual ticket account at VirginiaSports.com/tickets beginning at 9 a.m. Monday (Nov. 12).
A three-month payment plan is available to fans that purchase season tickets by the Dec. 10 priority ordering deadline.
Fans can purchase tickets online at VirginiaSports.com/tickets or through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium. The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for in-person or phone purchases. Phone purchases can be made by calling 1-800-542-UVA1 (8821) or locally at 434-924-UVA1 (8821).
A few months back a player who recently was revealed to be Virginia’s new star had been put on the disabled list due to a heart issue. Many questions have been asked… is he going to be playing in this upcoming season three months from now? Will he be permanently off the team? But the biggest question out there is, will he be able to continue his career in baseball. One of Tennessee’s valued players, was thought to be Virginia’s this season. Will he come back from this? No word yet on if he will be able to, but if he does, will he be the player we once saw before this injury happened?
That is still the big remaining question everyone is asking. Word is going around that he is suppose to be their secret weapon? But will their “secret weapon” be any threat for them to use at all? Awaiting more news on if this player will be back in action soon and showing everyone just how great of an athlete he truly is or if not show anything, but yet be discontinued from the team and lose everything he has worked so hard to get for his career.
The rumor has it that he will not be able on the Davenport field any time soon, or even on the team as just another player sitting on the bench for the remainder of his year at Virginia. Is this true or a lie? No one has yet to answer this question or leave anyone to a single hint as to if it’s true or not. Another rumor is that he will come back from his injury and be the key to the team as once was suspected when he first came to Charlottesville, VA for a training weekend. Now, just a reminder to all those doubters out there. This player showed those there on that field, in the stands, just how good he was and that they made a great decision. He was extremely successful mostly every challenge they put him through.
On November 20th, we have a interviewed set up and we will get hopefully all of our questions answered and the rumors put to rest. Stay tuned!
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be sure not to miss it, Friday afternoon at 1 pm!