Pair of Baysox follow alma mater UVA closely

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Greg Miclat and Mike Ballard did not advance to the College World Series when they were players for the UVA Wahoos.  So for the second time in the last two years, they are living vicariously through Brian O'Connor's squad.

Miclat and Ballard currently play for the Bowie Baysox, who just took two out of three games at The Diamond against the Flying Squirrels.

"I didn't watch much of our game today," said Ballard Sunday. "I spent most of my time in the back watching the UVA game."

Ballard pitched seven strong innings Saturday in a 3-1 Baysox win, so on Sunday he earned the right to hang back and watch his alma mater.

Miclat, the Baysox starting second-baseman, did not have that luxury.

"I watched one Super Regional game," said Miclat after going 3-6 Sunday in a 12-4 Bowie blowout. "But that's about it.  I always keep up on the internet though."

Lucky for Miclat the public address announcer routinely gave updates of UVA's 4-1 opening round win over California in Omaha.

Miclat is currently hitting .241 with the Baysox with 10 RBI, and 38 runs scored. The Chesapeake native was a 2008 draft pick by the Orioles, and split last season with the Baysox and High A Frederick.

Ballard is 2-0 with a 4.05 ERA in three starts with the Baysox. The Norfolk native was drafted by Baltimore in 2006.  He made 10 appearances this year for the Norfolk Tides, before being recalled to Bowie earlier this month.

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