ASIJ’s Novak commits to play baseball at Virginia
Justin Novak helped power the American School In Japan baseball team to the Far East Division I Tournament semifinals last May.
Next school year, the Mustangs senior will play a different type of Division I baseball: For the University of Virginia in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Novak and ASIJ coach John Seevers confirmed that he signed a national letter of intent to play for the Cavaliers in the 2015 season. He’ll receive a partial scholarship that will cover 25 percent of costs, Novak said.
Although primarily a pitcher for the black and gold, Novak was recruited as a middle infielder and catcher by the Cavaliers.
Novak went 6-1 last season with a 0.19 ERA, giving up 12 walks and striking out 48 batters in 37 innings pitched. At the plate, he batted .558 with four home runs, 29 RBIs, 18 stolen bases and a .987 slugging percentage. His lone loss was to eventual Far East D-I champion Kubasaki.
Novak is the son of retired Air Force Lt. Col. Kevin Novak, who now works for the State Department in Japan. Novak’s older brother, Shawn, pitched for Yokota in the early 2000s and now works for Major League Baseball International in Tokyo.