#23 Virginia Baseball Looks To Remain Atop ACC Standings With Upcoming Series Against Maryland
April 14, 2004
‘HOOS UP NEXT?: UVa’s ACC series with Maryland was relocated to Prince George’s Stadium, the home of the Bowie Baysox (AA). The series was originally scheduled to be played at Shipley Field on the campus of the University of Maryland in College Park, Md. However, Maryland’s Shipley Field is currently undergoing construction that will not permit the series to be played on campus this weekend. The Cavaliers and Terrapins are scheduled to play on Friday, April 16th at 7:00 PM, Saturday, April 17th at either 7:00 or 7:30 PM, and on Sunday, April 18th at 1:00 PM. Saturday’s contest was originally scheduled for 1:00 PM.
LAST TIME THEY MET: Virginia defeated Maryland two games to none when the Cavaliers and Terrapins met in the ACC regular season series last season on March 28-29, 2003 in Charlottesville. Virginia defeated Maryland 6-0 in game one (3/28) and 4-2 in game two (3/29) before the third and final game of the series was cancelled due to snow. The last time the Cavaliers played the Terrapins in Maryland (College Park, Md.), UVa won two of the three games on April 5-7 in 2002. The Cavaliers have won nine of the last 10 meetings against the Terrapins. Here is a look at the Virginia/Maryland series since 1995, with Virginia holding a 19-8 (.704) advantage in the last 27 meetings:
Date Opponents Score Location3/29/03 UVa def. UMd. 4-2 Charlottesville, Va.3/28/03 UVa def. UMd. 6-0 Charlottesville, Va.4/7/02 UVa def. UMd. 8-7 College Park, Md.4/6/02 UMd. def. UVa 10-3 College Park, Md.4/5/02 UVa def. UMd. 5-0 College Park, Md.4/22/01 UVa def. UMd. 9-6 Charlottesville, Va.4/21/01 UVa def. UMd. 15-7 Charlottesville, Va.4/20/01 UVa def. UMd. 6-1 Charlottesville, Va.4/30/00 UVa def. UMd. 9-5 College Park, Md.4/29/00 UVa def. UMd. 13-10 College Park, Md.4/28/00 UMd. def. UVa 4-2 College Park, Md.4/25/99 UMd. def. UVa 5-1 Charlottesville, Va.4/24/99 UVa def. UMd. 15-3 Charlottesville, Va.4/23/99 UVa def. UMd. 9-5 Charlottesville, Va.5/12/98 UVa def. UMd. 9-4 Durham, N.C. (ACC Tournament)4/12/98 UVa def. UMd. 9-1 College Park, Md.4/11/98 UMd. def. UVa 10-3 College Park, Md.4/10/98 UMd. def. UVa 7-4 College Park, Md.5/11/97 UVa def. UMd. 15-6 Charlottesville, Va.5/10/97 UVa def. UMd. 5-4 Charlottesville, Va.5/10/97 UVa def. UMd. 11-1 Charlottesville, Va.4/14/96 UMd. def. UVa 12-3 College Park, Md.4/13/96 UVa def. UMd. 6-1 College Park, Md.4/12/96 UVa def. UMd. 12-6 College Park, Md.4/16/95 UMd. def. UVa 10-6 Woodbridge, Va.4/15/95 UMd. def. UVa 13-5 Charlottesville, Va.4/14/95 UVa def. UMd. 13-0 Charlottesville, Va.
UVA’S PROBABLE PITCHING FOR VIRGINIA @ MARYLAND SERIES: Virginia is expected to start Andrew Dobies (LHP, 6-0, 1.89 ERA, 62 SO) on Friday, Matt Avery (RHP, 4-1, 2.47 ERA, 32 SO) on Saturday and Joe Koshansky (LHP, 6-1, 2.59 ERA, 47 SO) on Sunday. Maryland’s rotation is TBA.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Virginia is currently in a stretch that will see the Cavaliers on the road for a three-game series in four of five consecutive weekends, which started with UVa’s three-game ACC series at N.C. State on March 26-28. Virginia also traveled to Durham, N.C. to play Duke on April 2-4 before it returned home for the Clemson series on April 9-11. UVa will then hit the road for back-to-back weekend series to face Maryland on April 16-18 in Bowie, Md. before rounding things out with a trip to Coral Gables, Fla. to face Miami on April 23-25.
VIRGINIA LEADS THE ACC IN OVERALL VICTORIES: Granted, every school plays a different schedule, but as of April 13th, Virginia has recorded an ACC-leading 29 overall victories. Florida State and North Carolina are second to UVa’s 29 overall wins with 25 each. Virginia also stands in first place in the ACC with a record of 11-4 in the conference. North Carolina is the closest team to UVa in the team standings and is currently in second place at 8-4.
AVERY BECOMES THIRD UVA PITCHER NAMED ACC POTW: Virginia’s Matt Avery was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Pitcher of the Week following his performance in UVa’s 3-1 victory in game two of an ACC doubleheader against the Clemson Tigers on Saturday (April 10th) in Charlottesville. Avery pitched his first collegiate complete game in Virginia’s 3-1 win over Clemson after going 9.0 innings of four hit baseball to improve his overall record to 4-1 on the season. Avery allowed just one run while striking out five Tiger batters. Avery is the third Cavalier pitcher to claim the ACC Pitcher of the Week award this season. Virginia’s Andrew Dobies (March 29th) and Casey Lambert (March 15th) were also honored as the ACC Pitcher of the Week earlier this year. Avery’s selection also marks the fifth time total a UVa baseball player was recognized for their performance this season by the conference, as Joe Koshansky was twice named the ACC Player of the Week (February 17 and March 15th.)
VIRGINIA SWEEPS CLEMSON FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1972: With its three-game sweep over Clemson on April 9-10 in Charlottesville (5-1, 4-3, 3-1), Virginia swept Clemson for the first time in a three-game ACC series since accomplishing the feat back on May 6-7, 1972.
COME ONE, COME ALL, AS ATTENDANCE RECORD FALLS: On April 9, 2004 in a game against the Clemson Tigers, Virginia set a new facility single-game attendance record at Davenport Field at the UVa Baseball Stadium when 2,000 spectators turned out to watch Virginia record a 5-1 victory over Clemson. The previous facility attendance record was 1,955 for a game against #12 Miami (Fla.) on April 12, 2003.
VIRGINIA BASEBALL RANKINGS:
BASEBALL AMERICA TOP-25 POLLDate UVa's Ranking UVa's RecordPreseason Not Ranked 0-0, 0-0 ACCFebruary 9 Not Ranked 0-0, 0-0 ACCFebruary 16 Not Ranked 3-0, 0-0 ACCFebruary 23 Not Ranked 5-1, 0-0 ACCMarch 1 Not Ranked 9-1, 0-0 ACCMarch 8 Not Ranked 13-1, 0-0 ACCMarch 15 #19 17-2, 3-0 ACCMarch 22 #25 18-5, 4-2 ACCMarch 29 Not Ranked 20-7, 5-4 ACCApril 5 Not Ranked 25-7, 8-4 ACCApril 12 #23 29-7, 11-4 ACC
COLLEGIATE BASEBALL TOP-30 POLLDate UVa’s Ranking UVa’s RecordPreseason Not Ranked 0-0, 0-0 ACCFebruary 9 Not Ranked 0-0, 0-0 ACCFebruary 16 Not Ranked 3-0, 0-0 ACCFebruary 23 Not Ranked 5-1, 0-0 ACCMarch 1 Not Ranked 9-1, 0-0 ACCMarch 8 Not Ranked 13-1, 0-0 ACCMarch 15 #20 17-2, 3-0 ACCMarch 22 Not Ranked 18-5, 4-2 ACCMarch 29 Not Ranked 20-7, 5-4 ACCApril 5 #29 25-7, 8-4 ACCApril 12 #23 29-7, 11-4 ACC
SPORTS WEEKLY/ESPN COACHES TOP-25 POLLDate UVa’s Ranking UVa’s RecordPreseason Receiving Votes (5) 0-0, 0-0 ACCFebruary 9 Receiving Votes (5) 0-0, 0-0 ACCFebruary 16 Receiving Votes (15) 3-0, 0-0 ACCFebruary 23 Receiving Votes (12) 5-1, 0-0 ACCMarch 1 Receiving Votes (1) 9-1, 0-0 ACCMarch 8 Receiving Votes (33) 13-1, 0-0 ACCMarch 15 #20 17-2, 3-0 ACCMarch 22 Receiving Votes (82) 18-5, 4-2 ACCMarch 29 Receiving Votes (22) 20-7, 5-4 ACCApril 5 Receiving Votes (50) 25-7, 8-4 ACCApril 12 #23 29-7, 11-4 ACC
NCBWA TOP-35 POLLDate UVa’s Ranking UVa’s RecordPreseason Not Ranked 0-0, 0-0 ACCFebruary 9 Not Ranked 0-0, 0-0 ACCFebruary 16 Not Ranked 3-0, 0-0 ACCFebruary 23 Not Ranked 5-1, 0-0 ACCMarch 1 Receiving Votes 9-1, 0-0 ACCMarch 8 Receiving Votes 13-1, 0-0 ACCMarch 15 #25 17-2, 3-0 ACCMarch 22 #31 18-5, 4-2 ACCMarch 29 #29 20-7, 5-4 ACCApril 5 #27 25-7, 8-4 ACCApril 12 #24 29-7, 11-4 ACC
NOT BEATING THEMSELVES: In Virginia’s last nine games, all UVa victories, the Cavaliers’ opponents have committed 19 errors to just four for Virginia. In three games against Duke on April 2-4, the Blue Devils’ error total for the series was nine after making errors in game one (6), game two (1) and game three (2). In UVa’s victory over William & Mary on April 6th, the Tribe committed five errors. In other games during the stretch, in Virginia’s three-game sweep over Clemson (April 9-11), the Tigers committed three errors and in UVa’s two wins over Brown (March 30-31), the Bears committed two errors.
CAVALIERS CLOSING IN ON SCHOOL-RECORD FOR MOST ACC WINS: Heading into its three-game ACC series against the Maryland Terrapins (April 16-18), Virginia enters the series with a record of 11-4 in the ACC just over halfway through its conference schedule. UVa needs just one win in its last nine ACC contests to break the Virginia school-record of 11 conference wins. The Cavaliers also posted 11 ACC victories in both 2003 and 1996.
UVA TIES LAST YEAR’S WIN TOTAL: Heading into its game with Virginia Tech (April 14th), Virginia enters the contest with a record of 29-7 overall. The Cavaliers need to win just one game to break last year’s win total of 29 (UVa finished 29-25 in 2003) and would reach the 30-win plateau for the first time since 1997 when UVa finished 32-22.
VIRGINIA IN THREE-GAME WEEKEND SERIES ACTION: Heading into its three-game series with Clemson, Virginia is 20-4 in games played in its eight, three-game weekend series against North Carolina A&T (February 13-15), Seton Hall (February 27-29), Central Connecticut State (March 5-7), Georgia Tech (March 12-14), North Carolina (March 19-21), N.C. State (March 26-28), Duke (April 2-4) and Clemson (April 9-10). Here is a look at Virginia’s results against its opponents in three-game weekend series:
Date UVa's Opponent Result2/13 @ North Carolina A&T W, 10-72/14 @ North Carolina A&T W, 9-32/15 @ North Carolina A&T W, 12-52/27 Seton Hall W, 3-22/28 Seton Hall W, 17-12/29 Seton Hall W, 4-33/5 Central Connecticut State W, 17-13/6 Central Connecticut State W, 10-03/7 Central Connecticut State W, 9-43/12 @ Georgia Tech W, 4-33/13 @ Georgia Tech W, 2-13/14 @ Georgia Tech W, 8-53/19 North Carolina L, 5-33/20 North Carolina L, 8-43/21 North Carolina W, 6-23/26 @ N.C. State W, 9-23/27 @ N.C. State L, 12-13/28 @ N.C. State L, 8-74/2 @ Duke W, 8-14/3 @ Duke W, 6-54/4 @ Duke W, 3-14/9 Clemson W, 5-14/10 Clemson W, 4-34/10 Clemson W, 3-1
BYPASSED IN STOLEN BASES: Virginia has already exceeded its 2003 season total of 58 stolen bases just 32 games into the 2004 season by recording 61 successful stolen bases following its three-game series with Duke. In 2003, UVa finished 58-for-89 in stolen base attempts. As of April 13th of this season, Virginia is 69-for-86 in stolen base attempts. The UVa school-record for most stolen bases in one season is 125 in 1990.
THIEVES ON THE BASE PATHS: Virginia has burned its opponents this season when it has runners on base. UVa is 69-for-86 in stolen base attempts, compared to just 14-for-24 for its opponents. The Cavaliers are averaging nearly five stolen bases to every one for their opponent.
OVER & OUT: Virginia has hit 19 home runs this season, with 18 of those 19 home runs coming off of the bats of Joe Koshansky and Mark Reynolds. Koshansky has hit a team-leading 10 home runs and Reynolds has hit eight home runs. Matt Dunn, the only Cavalier other than Koshansky and Reynolds, has hit one home run and it was UVa’s first of the season in the Cavaliers’ season-opener on February 13th against North Carolina A&T in his first at-bat.
2004 Virginia Home Runs
No. Player (Runs) Date Opponent (Game #)1. Matt Dunn (1) 2/13 @ North Carolina A&T (1)2. Joe Koshansky (3) 2/13 @ North Carolina A&T (1)3. Joe Koshansky (1) 2/14 @ North Carolina A&T (2)4. Joe Koshansky (2) 2/19 Maryland-Eastern Shore (4)5. Mark Reynolds (2) 2/24 James Madison (7)6. Mark Reynolds (1) 3/2 @ Richmond (11)7. Joe Koshansky (1) 3/2 @ Richmond (11)8. Joe Koshansky (1) 3/5 Central Connecticut (12)9. Mark Reynolds (3) 3/6 Central Connecticut (13)10. Joe Koshansky (1) 3/7 Central Connecticut (14)11. Joe Koshansky (2) 3/12 @ Georgia Tech (17)12. Mark Reynolds (1) 3/12 @ Georgia Tech (17)13. Mark Reynolds (1) 3/12 @ Georgia Tech (17)14. Joe Koshansky (1) 3/13 @ Georgia Tech (18)15. Mark Reynolds (1) 3/21 North Carolina (23)16. Joe Koshansky (2) 3/21 North Carolina (23)17. Joe Koshansky (1) 3/24 @ George Mason (24)18. Mark Reynolds (2) 3/28 @ N.C. State (27)19. Mark Reynolds (1) 4/10 Clemson (36)
ROAD WARRIORS: Virginia’s record away from home this year stands at 14-3 on the road. UVa’s 14 road wins already exceeds its total for road victories in all of last season. In 2003, Virginia was 8-14 in road contests.
100-PLUS CLUB: Virginia has outscored its opponents by more than 100 runs this season, holding a 281-141 advantage in runs scored.
‘HOOS BY THE MONTH: Virginia finished the month of February with a record of 9-1 overall. UVa was 6-1 at home and 3-0 on the road for the month. Virginia then turned in a record of 13-6 in the month of March. The Cavaliers were 6-3 at home and 7-3 on the road for the month. Here is a look at UVa’s record by the month:
Month Record Home AwayFebruary 9-1 6-1 3-0March 13-6 6-3 7-3April 7-0 3-0 4-0
O’CONNOR-METER: First-year Virginia head baseball coach Brian O’Connor’s career coaching record stands at 29-7, 11-4 in the ACC.