Less than six months removed from Virginia's thrilling ride to Omaha and their first-ever College World Series appearance, the Cavalier baseball team was poised to begin practice for the 2010 season on Monday with the benefit of new training facilities. Phase I of the University of Virginia's Davenport Field Improvements was substantially complete in time for players to enjoy expanded team locker and film rooms as well as indoor batting practice and training facilities. A second phase of work, including new weight training and meeting rooms as well as a new Virginia Baseball "Hall of Fame" will be opened later this Spring. Visiting team and official locker rooms will also be included in the second phase of work.
"This project is very important for two reasons," Virginia Head Coach Brian O'Conner said. "First, it will have a major impact on player development and recruiting, and the upgrades, in addition to this project, are becoming standard in facilities across the county. The second part is to enhance our ability to host a NCAA regional."
With most of last year's team returning, and joined by a promising group of first yearmen, the team is ranked #3 in the nation in Collegiate Baseball's "Fabulous 40" Preseason Poll and finds itself in elite company among perennial college baseball powerhouses like LSU, Arizona State and Texas. VMDO Architects are proud to have helped improve the Cavaliers' facilities and look forward to cheering on the Wahoos as they seek to build on their winning tradition.
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