May 29, 2013
NCAA Regional Central
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The players, coaches and staff comprising the Army baseball travel party gathered at Johnson Stadium a little before 7 a.m. this morning to begin the long trek south to Virginia.
Executive Athletic Director Bob Beretta and I, Christian Anderson, are among the travel group, which also includes Assistant Athletic Director Rich DeMarco, head coach Joe Sottolano, associate head coach Matt Reid, assistant coaches Anthony DeCicco and Maj. Bryan Price, Head Officer Representative Col. Raymond Nelson, athletic trainer Ian Baldwin and the Army players.
The recently-graduated seniors were decked out in their brand-new second lieutenant uniforms, while the underclassmen wore their traditional white-over-gray uniforms.
The eight-hour drive went by fairly quickly thanks to three movies and a couple of quick stops for food. The travel party rolled into Charlottesville around 4 p.m., and the players immediately checked into their rooms. Some players visited the pool while others received treatment from Baldwin.
The team reconvened around 6 p.m., to head to dinner at the Wood Grill Buffet, just a short walk from the hotel. Everyone seemed to enjoy the all-you-can-eat restaurant and I'm confident that we all left very full.
That is all we have to report on for today. On Thursday, Army will conduct its official 75-minute practice at Davenport Field, and Sottolano will participate in a press conference immediately following the training session.
The games get under way on Friday when Army meets the top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers. Army and Virginia will play at 1 p.m., followed by the contest between second-seeded UNC Wilmington and third-seeded Elon at 6 p.m. The winners of those games will compete Saturday at 6 p.m., with the loser's playing an elimination game at 1 p.m.
We are going to do our best to bring you all the action from here in Charlottesville. Thanks for checking in; there will be much more to come as the week unfolds. Press conference quotes, photo galleries, game recaps, stats and much more will be provided on Army's official website (goARMYsports.com). Army fans should also follow the Black Knights on Twitter (@Army_Baseball) for more exclusive content.
Go Army, Beat Virginia!