STORRS, Conn. – The UConn baseball team will hold its preseason baseball dinner on Wednesday January 18, 2017 at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. The night will include the celebration of the 2016 American Conference Championship team and welcome the return of former standouts Nick Ahmed, Matt Barnes, Scott Oberg and Mike Olt. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception, followed by dinner and a speaking program.
The 2017 UConn baseball team will be introduced at the dinner as it prepares for the upcoming campaign, while the 2016 team receives its championship rings after winning the 2016 American Conference tournament. The 2016 squad won the program’s first American Conference crown and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in seven seasons.
Former UConn baseball standouts Nick Ahmed, Matt Barnes, Scott Oberg and Mike Olt will be part of a round-table discussion with moderator and ESPN personality, Karl Ravech. The four Huskies, along with George Springer, formed a program-best five Huskies playing in the Major Leagues in 2015.
The quartet was part of a special time for UConn baseball, as the group garnered many accolades. Highlighting the accomplishments was the Huskies hosting the 2010 Norwich Regional and winning a program record 48 games. The 2011 team became the first team in program history to reach the Super Regionals after winning the 2011 Clemson Regional.
Karl Ravech returns after being a guest speaker for the 2014 UConn Baseball Dinner. The dinner has included many prestigious speakers, including Hall of Fame reporter Peter Gammons, major league managers and former players Terry Francona, John Kruk, Bobby Valentine and Lee Mazzilli and executives Brian Cashman and Ben Cherington.
Ravech joined ESPN in 1993 and serves as the primary host of Baseball Tonight and is also a SportsCenter host. He has hosted ESPN's coverage of the Major League Baseball playoffs and World Series since 1995. Ravech also provides commentary for ESPN and ABC coverage of the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. each summer and for ESPN's coverage for the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. every spring. Additionally, he has anchored ESPN's college basketball studio wraps operation. He is a 1987 Ithaca College graduate with a master's from SUNY-Binghamton.