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Abbott makes adjustment to college baseball

SoVaNow.com / August 14, 2017
Andrew Abbott is adapting to college life at the University of Virginia.

Abbott recently pitched in the VHSL all-star game.

“It went really well. I was playing with all those kids just as good as me (that) are going to D1 (schools) and D2s, D3, and JUCOs. Just great experience,” said Abbott.

Abbott started for his all-star team and pitched well. He had solid pitch location and was there to experience his last pitching performance as a high school player. The all-star game was held at James Madison University in Harrisonburg.

Abbott started and pitched the first two innings for the Red team. He had a scoreless stint with no walks or strikeouts, with one hit allowed. The Red team won 21-10.

Abbott is now in summer school at Virginia.

He is involved with weight lifting and taking classes.

“It wasn’t actually that hard (the adjustment). It takes a lot of time to get used to where you need to be and what time you’ve got be there, so you can plan ahead,” said Abbott.

Abbott said his relationship so far with the Virginia baseball staff is great. “They’re there for me when I need them, and they’ll help me out, no matter what,” said Abbott.

Abbott feels very positive about Virginia’s baseball program.

Abbott is sitting around 155-160 pounds and is looking to gain weight. He is seeking to bulk up to 170-175.

He is on a personalized nutrition plan, with the coaches working on helping Abbott reach his goal.

Abbott also has to go through one ritual common to all Virginia baseball freshmen.

Traditionally, the upperclass men shave the heads of all first-years.

So Abbott will soon lose some hair as he goes through that ritual.





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