June 5, 2011
CBI Live: #1 Virginia 13, #2 ECU 1
Packs Punch for Cavs
By Sean Ryan
Va. – There was a time when Steven
Proscia (left) thought he might play baseball and football in
Clemson was high on the list.
“I had thoughts of going there and possibly
playing football there as well," said Virginia's junior third
“I wanted to, I had thoughts. I would have worked
hard for it. I knew it was going to be a tough decision. I love
football, but I love baseball a little bit more, so if I had to
pick, I would pick baseball. But it would have been cool to play
During the recruiting process Clemson assistant Kevin O’Sullivan left for the
top job at Florida, and Proscia started to look at Virginia. He
hit it off with Cavaliers assistant Kevin McMullan and took a
visit to Charlottesville and said he fell in love with the
And the Cavaliers have fallen in love with
Proscia, who starred at Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) as a
cornerback/receiver and was the 2008 New Jersey Sports Athlete
of the Year.
Proscia made an immediate impact, batting .333
with 10 homers and 58 RBI as a freshman. Included was a big
two-run homer to give the Cavaliers breathing room late in its
Regional opening win over San Diego State. Last year, Proscia
hit .314 with 10 homers and 65 RBI. Virginia’s cleanup hitter is
hitting .341 with eight homers and 58 RBI this season heading
into his third trip to the Super Regionals.
“He’s just developed as a complete hitter,”
Cavaliers coach Brian O’Connor said.
Proscia has made impressive strides in the field
O’Connor encouraged Proscia to work on his
defense when he left for the Cape Cod League last summer, and
the third baseman came back quicker and better. After making 15
errors a year ago, Proscia has five this season and is fielding
Sunday night, Proscia nearly made a slick
do-or-die play on a slow roller that whispered to the third-base
line, but the throw on the run was a little off.
He started the five-run second inning with a
single and added a RBI double in the four-run fourth. In the
sixth, he hit a long sacrifice fly to the depths of Davenport
Field’s center field.
In other words, he was right in the middle of
things. As he was when he made 13 interceptions and 70 tackles
and scored nine touchdowns back in high school. And as he has
been since he stepped foot on the Virginia campus.
“Our team has been based off each guy
contributing,” Proscia said. “We’re basically a build off team:
One guy gets a hit, the next guy gets a hit, and we kind of
build off of that. We build off each other’s success.
“That’s why our team has been so successful,
because we thrive on each other’s success. When you have that
type of team, that kind of feel for each other, it makes it
exciting to play for.”
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