Gelof and Teel end standout UVA careers together
OMAHA, Ne. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Hugs in the outfield are a sign of a season at an end, and for Virginia's Kyle Teel and Jake Gelof, a career.
"Virginia baseball has done so much for me and it stinks it has to end this way," Teel said, "But in the end there's only going to be one team winning."
After three years in a UVA uniform, Teel and Gelof were left at Charles Schwab Field to quickly reflect on their careers after back-to-back one run losses to Florida and TCU in the College World Series.
"There's just a ton of different types of emotions running through," Gelof said, "But at the end of the day, these are your brothers."
The two juniors will likely hear their names called early in the MLB Draft in a few weeks, with Teel ranked No. 10 overall by MLB.com and Gelof No. 42 among the top prospects. Despite the finish, both leave behind a lasting legacy after three-year careers etched in UVA baseball history.
"The careers that those two guys had are right up there with some of the best that we've had in my tenure here," UVA head coach Brian O'Connor said after the duo went 0-14 at the plate in two games in Omaha, "The results didn't show in these two games the impact that those two young men have had in our program and their entire careers."
Gelof and Teel arrived at The Dish as friends already and leave three years later with numerous accolades, records and a whole lot of time together.
The two entered Virginia as roommates and have gone on to team up in summer ball and spent the first part of last summer in the USA Collegiate National Team training camp. Teel was the more energetic, with a childlike enthusiasm for the game and as a DJ, while Gelof was more serious and consistent in his approach.
"Jake's been my brother since day one, we were brothers even before college," Teel said, "We were on the same team for two years before that. He was always a great ball player and we always learn from each other and it was just really special to be able to play with him for three years."
Teel became only the third player in UVA history to be named ACC Player of the Year, and Gelof put up numbers no one has touched in the more than 120 years of baseball in Charlottesville, leaving with records for career and single-season home runs and RBI.
"The way they performed in our uniform teaches the younger players what the standard is for success in our program," O'Connor said, "And for that I'll be forever grateful to them for their contributions wearing our uniform."
Over the last three years, Virginia has made the NCAA Tournament three-straight seasons after missing the previous two, made two College World Series, won an ACC Coastal Championship since 2011 and a 50-win season.
"Those are two guys that are probably leaving that I'm really close with and I've learned a ton," sophomore first baseman Ethan Anderson said, "And the impact that they've had on me and Virginia baseball still kind of setting in that I won't see them next year."
Their careers end in Omaha, but the orange and blue will stick with Teel and Gelof wherever is next.
"Just embedded in my whole family basically right now. My family for taking a chance and Coach O'Connor taking a chance on me to put on this great uniform."