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April 16, 2002

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – After coming off a tough three-game stretch against the #5 ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons (April 12-14), the competition doesn’t get any easier for the University of Virginia baseball team as the Cavaliers face the #19 ranked Richmond Spiders in their next two contests. Virginia and Richmond will play a home-and-home series in consecutive days, with the Cavaliers hosting the Spiders on Tuesday, April 16th at 7:00 p.m. at the UVa Baseball Stadium, home of Davenport Field before traveling to Richmond, Va. for a 3:00 p.m. contest at Pitt Field on Wednesday, April 17th.

Heading into the two-game series, Virginia stands 19-18 overall, 7-8 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and is looking to snap a three-game losing streak. The Cavaliers have maintained a winning record for the entire season and jumped out to a 10-3 start to begin the season. UVa has already recorded two wins over nationally ranked opponents after defeating #1 Florida State by the score of 11-10 on March 15th before claiming an 8-3 victory over #24 North Carolina on March 31st. Both victories came at the UVa Baseball Stadium.

The Spiders enter their series with the Cavaliers boasting an eye-opening 32-4 record overall, including a perfect 12-0 mark in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Richmond shot out to a 10-0 record to start the season and went on to win 22 of its next 26 games. The Spiders are currently riding a four-game winning streak and their four losses came to N.C. State (11-4), Penn State (7-2), and Old Dominion twice (7-4, 13-9).

Last season, Virginia and Richmond split a pair of games with the Cavaliers claiming a 1-0 shutout victory on March 27th in Charlottesville before falling 17-4 on April 3rd in Richmond.

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