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June 2012

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cavalier profile COLIN HARRINGTON Third-Year • Baseball Colin Harrington has proven adept at chemistry — in the classroom and on the baseball diamond. On the field, the third-year outfielder patiently waited for an opportunity to become an everyday player. He redshirted as a first-year before playing a part-time role in 2011 and helping the Cavaliers reach the College World Series for the sec- ond time in three years. This season, he has made a seamless transition to a more prominent role on a young team that came together to win 20 of 26 games prior to the exam break (May 1-8) after an 11-8-1 start. Harrington made 36 starts while playing in 41 games, and overcame a slow start This year, I'm a lot more relaxed and I feel that's the biggest difference this year." Harrington said he found support and advice on how to deal with the adversity of his slow start by talking to former UVa teammates John Barr and David Coleman. "You're obviously going to go through peaks and valleys because that's what the game is all about," Harrington said. "But I watched Barr, who struggled at the beginning of last year, and he was always so positive." Off the field, Harrington's only struggles are how to budget his time. "I'm a chemistry major right now, and I'm taking organic chemistry, physics and a bio lab this semester, so I've kind of got a pretty tight schedule," he told himself. He hit .264 (14 for 53) in his first 20 games, but over the next 21 contests he batted .342 (25 for 73) and raised his slugging percentage from .264 to .405. Through April 30, he was hitting .310 with one home run and 24 RBI. "Every day I come to the field knowing I'll probably be in the lineup, so I'm a little more relaxed at the plate as opposed to last year when it was game-to-game basis," Harrington said. "If I did well in one game, I'd probably play more the next week. 28 ◆ CAVALIER CORNER "It was really tough in the fall. I would miss Wednesdays and sometimes I'd be late for practice Friday. It was tough because some of the labs are four- or five-hour labs right in the middle of the day. … It was even tougher this year with the morning conditioning three days a week. But you get through it and it becomes easier throughout the year. orthopedic surgeon. "I always just wanted to stay around the game even after I finished playing, — Greg Waters ◆ Photo by Matt Riley/courtesy UVa " said, "and I've always wanted to help people and help athletes, and an orthopedic surgeon gets to work with athletes — so I think that is kind of my calling. Down the road, Harrington plans on going to medical school to become an " he "

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