Former St. Johns Country Day baseball player Brad Hodges capped off his freshman season with the Virginia Cavaliers with an appearance in their matchup in Omaha versus TCU Sunday evening.
The lefty’s name was called into the game while down 4-2 with runners in scoring position and Hodges shut TCU down to keep the game tight. However, Virginia would go on to lose, 4-3 and was eliminated from the 2023 playoffs. Hodges finished the game with .2 innings pitched, with one hit and no runs given up. Virginia’s time in Omaha was short as they went 0-2 in the span of three days. They lost on a walk-off to the Florida Gators on Friday night, 6-5 and were eliminated in their loss to TCU on Sunday.
Hodges saw significant playing time on the mound with 33.1 innings pitched. Hodges played in 20 games and finished the season with a 2-0 record, 4.32 ERA, two saves, one start and 40 strikeouts with 35 hits, 23 walks and 16 earned runs. Hodges also had a perfect fielding percentage on four total chances. Heading into his sophomore year, fans should expect to see him on the mound more with the potential to start more games.
Hodges was the best player in Clay County during his time with the St. Johns Country Day Spartans. Hodges had a 1.28 ERA, 114 strikeouts in 60 innings pitched during his senior season. Hodges also led the Spartans’ offense with a .516 batting average, nine home runs, 11 doubles and 32 RBIs.
Hodges had a Perfect Game rating of 10 and was viewed as a high draft pick and elite college prospect coming out of high school.