College Notebook: Parker To Be Inducted Into UVA Baseball's Hall of Fame

October 26 - Jarrett Parker will be one of six new members inducted into the University of Virginia Baseball Hall of Fame in January, the program announced earlier this week. 

Parker, a 2007 graduate of Colonial Forge, capped his three-year career with the Cavaliers by earning All-America honors in 2010 and was taken in the second round of the Major League Baseball Draft that year by San Francisco. The outfielder has since played in the Majors with the Giants and Los Angeles Angels. 

“Each of the players in this class have been involved in some of the greatest moments in our program's history, and I'm happy that we are able to celebrate their achievements,” Virginia coach Brian O’Connor said in a release by the school. “I also love to see the excitement of our current players to be involved in these announcements, as they recognize the hard work and dedication that each of these men poured into our program.”

Parker was a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and set program single-season records for runs (76) hits (94), triples (8) and total bases (176) in 2009. His 16 homers that spring are the third-most in school history. 

Loudoun Valley’s Grupe Starts Fast at Virginia Tech

Michael Grupe (Loudoun Valley) appears ready to have an impact at Virginia Tech during his freshman campaign this spring. 

Grupe is in the mix to be the Hokies’ midweek starter after an impressive fall in which his fastball reached well into the 90s. “A physical high-three-quarters righty, Grupe worked at 90-91 over two scoreless frames last week and has bumped 92-93 this fall, along with a promising but still developing short 80-82 slider with decent tilt,” wrote. “He’s also stood out for his strike-throwing ability.”

The right-hander won nine games while compiling a 1.06 ERA and 123 strikeouts in 112.1 innings over his final two prep seasons. He had just 24 walks over that span.

Grupe will be joined by five other Northern Virginia players on the Hokies’ 2020 roster: senior right-hander Graham Seitz (Herndon) and freshman right-hander Will Pickford (Bishop O’Connell); sophomore outfielder Jonah Seagears (Battlefield); sophomore infielder Brett Stallings (West Springfield), who transferred from Frederick (MD) Community College; and freshman infielder Lucas Donlon (Georgetown Prep), a native of McLean.

Virginia Tech was 26-27 overall and 9-21 in the Atlantic Coast Conference last spring.

NCAA Says No to 3rd Paid Assistant Vote

The NCAA declined a proposal for a second vote on a third paid assistant coach for college baseball and softball teams, tabling the heavily-debated issue until 2021. 

An initial vote was held in April, but failed by a close margin with the Division I council. 

A movement began to add a third paid assistant in college baseball, which has seen a spike in revenue due to rising interest in the College World Series and via conference television networks, began in 2015 and has been championed by the American Baseball Coaches Association. 

Marymount Continues Battle Against Brain Cancer

The baseball team at Marymount is continuing its partnership with Vs. Cancer this year, holding a fundraiser to benefit pediatric brain cancer research. 

Coach Frank Leoni’s Saints have raised over $3,000 this year as part of College Baseball vs. Cancer 2019, which is nearly halfway to its goal of $500,000. All proceeds benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. 

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Photos of, clockwise from left, Jarrett Parker courtesy of Virginia Athletics, Michael Grupe courtesy of Virginia Tech Athletics, and coach Frank Leoni courtesy of Marymount Athletics