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Feb. 24, 1998

THE SLATE: Virginia (5-1 overall) will conclude its current seven-game homestand with four games this week. The Cavaliers next game comes on Wednesday, Feb. 25, when they play host to Virginia Military Institute at 3:00 p.m. Virginia will then play host to Seton Hall in a three-game series on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 28 and Mar. 1. The Cavaliers and the Pirates will play a doubleheader at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, followed by a single game at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.

THE SERIES WITH VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE: The Cavaliers and the Keydets have met 120 times prior to today’s game, with Virginia leading the all-time series 92-28. The Cavaliers have defeated VMI each of the last two seasons, and own an 18-4 mark in the series since 1982. Virginia has also won the past five meetings at UVa Field, with the Keydets last victory in Charlottesville being a 5-4 game in 1990. The teams first met in 1889, with the Cavaliers winning 19-4.

TAKING STATE: Over the last two seasons, the Cavaliers have posted an impressive record against in-state opponents. Since the beginning of the 1996 season, Virginia stands 23-6 vs. other schools from within the Commonwealth, including a 13-2 mark in 1996 and a 10-4 record in 1997. UVa has posted a 13-3 mark at home against in-state schools during that time, while going 10-3 on the road.

ON THE MOUND: Freshman righthander Denny Chapman will make the first start of his collegiate career against VMI on Wednesday. Chapman has pitched twice in relief so far this season, surrenduring only one hit and no runs. For the upcoming weekend series against Seton Hall, sophomore righthander Casey Kennedy, freshman lefthander Greg Withelder and junior lefthander Javier Lopez are tentatively scheduled to take the mound for Virginia.

CAVALIERS SWEEP SERIES WITH PENN STATE: Virginia won all three of its games last week, sweeping a three-game set from Penn State at UVa Field. The Cavaliers won the opening game 5-2 behind the strong play of Brian Sherlock, who went 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBI. In the second game Virginia posted a 9-2 victory, with Kevin Shrout earning the win as he threw 3-2/3 innings of scoreless relief without allowing a hit. In the finale, Josh Bowling went 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI as the Cavaliers posted an 8-4 win.

PITCHING STAFF LOOKS SOLID: For the second week in a row, the starting pitching rotation for the Cavaliers came through with a number of excellent performances. In the opening game against Penn State, sophomore righthander Casey Kennedy improved his record to 2-0 as he allowed two runs on eight hits in seven innings of work while striking out five. Junior lefthander Javier Lopez also came up big in the final game against the Nittany Lions, going seven innings and striking out a career-high 11 batters while allowing two runs on six hits. Freshman lefthander Greg Withelder started in the other game against Penn State and lasted only 4-1/3 innings, but he allowed only one run on four hits while striking out five. Combined, the Cavaliers’ three starting pitchers stand 4-0 on the season with a 2.20 earned run average and 33 strikeouts in 41 innings.

    Feb. 13-15  Big Ball Sports Classic (at Houston, Texas)    Feb. 13 at #4 Rice              W, 3-2    Feb. 14 South Alabama           L, 5-8    Feb. 15 #15 Oklahoma State      W, 4-2    Feb. 21 Penn State              W, 5-2    Feb. 21 Penn State              W, 9-2    Feb. 22 Penn State              W, 8-4    Feb. 25 VMI 3:00 p.m.    Feb. 28 Seton Hall (2)          12:00 p.m.    Mar. 1  Seton Hall              1:00 p.m.    Mar. 3  at Radford              2:30 p.m.    Mar. 4  William & Mary          3:00 p.m.    Mar. 6  at Georgia Tech *       4:00 p.m.    Mar. 7  at Georgia Tech *       1:30 p.m.    Mar. 8  at Georgia Tech *       1:30 p.m.    Mar. 10 at Liberty              3:00 p.m.    Mar. 11 Liberty                 3:00 p.m.    Mar. 13 at Duke *               3:00 p.m.    Mar. 14 at Duke *               1:00 p.m.    Mar. 15 at Duke *               1:00 p.m.    Mar. 17 Coppin State            3:00 p.m.    Mar. 20 at North Carolina State *   7:00 p.m.    Mar. 21 at North Carolina State *   1:30 p.m.    Mar. 22 at North Carolina State *   1:30 p.m.    Mar. 24 at James Madison        3:00 p.m.    Mar. 25 Old Dominion            3:00 p.m.    Mar. 27 North Carolina *        3:00 p.m.    Mar. 28 North Carolina *        2:00 p.m.    Mar. 29 North Carolina *        1:00 p.m.    Mar. 31 VCU                     3:00 p.m.    Apr. 1  at Richmond             3:00 p.m.    Apr. 3  Clemson *               3:00 p.m.    Apr. 4  Clemson *               2:00 p.m.    Apr. 5  Clemson *               1:00 p.m.    Apr. 7  at George Mason         3:00 p.m.    Apr. 8  Virginia Tech           3:00 p.m.    Apr. 10 at Maryland *           7:00 p.m.    Apr. 11 at Maryland *           2:00 p.m.    Apr. 12 at Maryland *           4:00 p.m.    Apr. 14 Richmond                3:00 p.m.    Apr. 15 at Virginia Tech        3:00 p.m.    Apr. 16 at William & Mary       3:00 p.m.    Apr. 18 St. John's (2)          1:00 p.m.    Apr. 19 St. John's              1:00 p.m.    Apr. 21 James Madison           3:00 p.m.    Apr. 22 Virginia Tech (at Salem, Va.)   7:00 p.m.    Apr. 24 Wake Forest *           3:00 p.m.    Apr. 25 Wake Forest *           2:00 p.m.    Apr. 26 Wake Forest *           1:00 p.m.    Apr. 27 Norfolk State           3:00 p.m.    Apr. 28 at VCU                  7:00 p.m.    May 8   Florida State *         4:00 p.m.    May 9   Florida State *         2:00 p.m.    May 10  Florida State *         1:00 p.m.    May 12-17   ACC Tournament (at Durham, N.C.)    May 21-24   NCAA Regionals    May 29-Jun. 6   College World Series (at Omaha, Neb.)HOME GAMES LISTED IN BOLD CAPS* Atlantic Coast Conference gamesAll home games played at UVa Baseball Field
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