ALTOONA, Pa. -- A year ago Brandon Waddell wrapped up his bachelor’s degree in economics and readied for a College World Series run with the University of Virginia.
The dominant left-handed pitcher, who was thrust into the coveted role of the Friday starter during his freshman season, completed a three-year career at UVA that was anything but ordinary. Eleven months ago he toed the rubber in the series-clinching game of the College World Series, completing a postseason career where Virginia went 5-0 in Waddell’s five College World Series starts.
“I couldn’t even put into words what it did for me,” Waddell told DKPittsburghSports.com earlier this week. “You play the game -- for me, I'm going to say 18 years before I got there, basically my whole life -- and you think you know the game of baseball. But, I got there and it just opened my eyes to a whole way of thinking and way of playing and I think that contributes a lot to out here, they allow you to see things, allow you to understand the game at a much deeper level.”