Cavalier Corner

April 2016

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Coming off the most historic year in Virginia baseball history, the 2016 Step Up to the Plate event was also one for the history books. Held at the John Paul Jones Arena on Jan. 30, the sold-out program broke a record in auction sales, raising just over $68,000 between the live and silent auction events. This special evening for Cavalier fans and the baseball team included the players' ring ceremony, which commemorated their 2015 College World Series championship. Channing Poole, the play-by-play man for the Cavaliers, emceed the evening that is now in its 14th year. Head coach Brian O'Connor thanked the crowd for their support during the whirlwind season. O'Connor then introduced the current 2016 team and gave each player on the 2015 College World Series team their national championship ring. The evening concluded with a panel of six Cavalier alumni from the 2015 national cham- pionship team — including Nathan Kirby, Joe McCarthy, Josh Sborz, Kenny Towns, Brand on Waddell and Thomas Woodruff — discuss- ing their historic season, what it's like to win the College World Series and life after becom- ing national champions. EVENT RECAPS 2016 STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND 2015 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RING CEREMONY Assisted by athletics director Craig Lit- tlepage, head coach Brian O'Connor pres- ents Kenny Towns with his national cham- pionship ring.

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