For three Virginia baseball players, the action on the diamond didn’t end when the Hoos headed home from the College World Series. Pitchers Nate Savino and Matt Wyatt are joined by all-around utility man Kyle Teel on this year’s USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, and the trio has been traveling all over the mid-Atlantic(ish) competing since early July.
All three play for the “Stars” team, battling against the Stripes for baseball supremacy. Through five games, the two squads are tied 2-2 with the first game ending in a 3-3 tie. Virginia and CWS champion Mississippi State are the only two teams with three players on the roster.
Teel, a first year out of Mahwah, New Jersey, has started all five games for the Stars and has played left field and catcher. At the plate, he’s struggled a bit, going 2-for-12 and striking out four times. In left, he’s been credited with four put outs and two assists. He’s also helped out in his spare time as a videographer:
Savino and Wyatt have each made one appearance on the mound so far. Savino worked two innings, giving up zero hits and no runs as he struck out three. The Stars would win that game, 5-4. For Wyatt, it was a little rockier as he pitched three innings, giving up two unearned runs in a game that ended in a 3-3 tie. He struck out two batters and walked two.
NC State’s Elliott Avent is managing the team, with Wright State’s Alex Sogard coaching the Stars team.
The team gets back in action tonight, July 8, at 7pm in Bristol, Virginia. You can stream the game here.