Sterling, Va. – Potomac Falls High School sophomore Nate Savino decided early that he will continue his baseball career at the University of Virginia, after verbally committing in early October.
Savino did not expect to commit so soon in his high school career, but when he went to visit UVA he was amazed by the campus and the athletic facility.
“I saw the campus and fell in love with it. It’s beautiful,” Savino said. “They are also doing close to $30 million in renovations to the baseball stadium.”
Another reason he ultimately decided to verbally commit to UVA was because he felt it was an overall great school that is known for its academic excellence, along with the baseball team being a top-25 program.
Savino had been talking with UVA’s pitching coach, Karl Khun, since the summer and got the chance to tour the school in early October. When he visited UVA he did not expect to be made an offer on the spot, but the Division I Cavaliers coaching staff felt Savino was a good fit.
“At first [I felt] nervous, and didn’t know what to do and I told my parents and just thought about it more and I was excited when I finally agreed to go,” Savino said.
In the spring of 2021, Savino will join the Cavaliers in action in Charlottesville. In 2017, UVA finished 43-16 including a 18-12 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference before falling in the NCAA Fort Worth Regional.
While the Cavaliers experienced success in 2017, the Potomac Falls Panthers struggled in Conference 14 finishing 6-13 overall and 3-5 in conference.
The southpaw hopes to elevate the Panthers to the top of the newly formed Potomac District this spring.