CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- By the end of his fourth college season, Chesdin Harrington had emerged as the best starting pitching option on Virginia's staff. On Sunday, Harrington announced he'll be back for a fifth season.
Saying "you're not getting rid of me quite yet," Harrington announced Sunday evening on Twitter that he'll return to UVA to pursue a master's degree and play his final season with the baseball team. The right-hander is eligible for a fifth season after missing all of 2017 with an elbow injury.
Well @UVA, you’re not getting rid of me quite yet. Happy to officially announce that after a lot of thought, I’ll be returning to Virginia to pursue a master’s degree and exercise my final year of baseball eligibility. The show goes on! @UVABaseball pic.twitter.com/MLhjg5TbcX— Chesdin Harrington (@ThisIsChesdin) June 9, 2019
Harrington returned from that injury to 5-1 with a 3.49 ERA in 21 games this past season. After pitching most of the season out of the bullpen, Harrington made two late-season weekend starts for the Wahoos in ACC play, then UVA's conference tournament opener against North Carolina. Harrington went 2-0 with a 3.44 ERA in those three starts, with 18 strikeouts, 17 hits allowed and six walks allowed in 18 1/3 innings.
Harrington is 9-4 with a 3.68 ERA in 50 career UVA appearances, including five career starts. In February, Harrington was one of three UVA student-athletes awarded 2019 ACC Postgraduate Scholarships, and he also served as president of UVA's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.