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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

June 13, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Mariners’ draftees from U. of Virginia celebrate Omaha trip

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(Photo by Jim Daves/Virginia media relations)

This photo, sent by Jim Daves of the University of Virginia media relations department via Tim Hevly of the Mariners, is too good not to share.

It shows the three Cavalier players drafted last week by the Mariners — from left, Danny Hultzen, John Hicks and Steven Proscia — celebrating their wild 3-2 Super Regional victory over Cal-Irvine tonight that put Virginia into the College World Series in Omaha.

Many Mariners players were gathered around the clubhouse television watching the bottom of the ninth right before heading out for batting practice. Virginia, down 2-1 in the decisive third game of the best-of-three series, made two quick outs (including a strikeout by Hultzen, drafted as a left-handed pitcher but serving in this game as the designated hitter). But after two singles and a walk loaded the bases, Chris Taylor delivered a single up the middle to drive in the tying and go-ahead runs and set off jubilation in Charlottesville.

Hultzen was the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, while Hicks, Virginia’s catcher, went in the fourth round, and Proscia, a third baseman, was taken by Seattle in the seventh round. Now the Mariners will have to wait awhile longer before possible getting their hands on the trio. The College World Series begins Saturday and could last as long as June 29.

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