OMAHA, Neb. -- With uncertainty surrounding its pitching situation and a shot at the national championship on the line, Virginia is making an unconventional and surprising move.
Adam Haseley, who has started all five of the Cavaliers’ games in Omaha batting leadoff and playing center field, will toe the rubber in Tuesday’s Game 2 of the College World Series Final.
Haseley, a freshman, made four starts in the regular season, but hasn’t pitched since May 23. For the season, he assembled 23.2 innings in 10 total appearances, working to a 2.66 ERA with eight walks and 16 strikeouts.
Virginia’s options after Monday’s Game 1 loss were limited. Connor Jones pitched Monday and Brandon Waddell had gone on Saturday to keep the Hoos alive against Florida. Nathan Kirby returned after an injury that kept him out two months and took the loss last Friday, giving up four runs (three earned) in 2.2 innings. Haseley was one of four other players with a start in 2015.
As a hitter, Haseley has three hits in 19 at-bats in Omaha. He will still lead off and the Cavaliers will go without a designated hitter. Thomas Woodruff is added to the lineup in the nine hole at right field as Joe McCarthy moves to center.