Former Cape slugger heading back to College World Series

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Jake Gelof Virgina University baseball formerly of Cape Henlope High, photo courtesy of


Jake Gelof, formerly of Cape Henlopen high school now at University of Virginia, is heading back to the College Baseball World Series (CWS) in Omaha. 

After winning a state championship at Cape Henlopen in 2018 Gelof transferred to IMG Academy to finish out his high school baseball career.

At IMG he earned a scholarship to play his college baseball at the University of Virginia.

In his Freshman year at Virginia, Gelof and his Cavalier teammates earned a trip to the CWS in Omaha. The Cavaliers went 1-2 in Omaha and had an early exit.

However, Gelof was outstanding. He went 7-12 at the plate hitting 2 doubles with 2 RBIs and scored 3 runs.

That is a stat line that will be hard for him to duplicate this year as he returns to Omaha with his Cavaliers teammates. 

UVA defeated Duke in the NCAA super regional on the last play of the game to punch their ticket back to Omaha.

Gelof now is a junior and has emerged as the power hitter for the Cavaliers. 

Gelof became the all-time Virginia home run leader April 11 with his 38th career home run, a solo shot in the fifth inning against Richmond. Last season he hit 21 home runs and was the first college player in the nation to reach 14 home runs.

This season he already hit 23 home runs to lead the Cavaliers again. He also holds the all time record for UVA with five home runs in NCAA tournament games. 

The No. 7 Cavaliers open the CWS tonight at 7 p.m. as they take on No. 2 Florida. The game is set to air on ESPN and live stats can be followed at

Tune in to see if Gelof can add to his NCAA home run record and help his cavalier teammates get a victory over Florida. 

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