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March 29, 2005

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`HOOS UP NEXT?: The Virginia Cavaliers (18-6, 4-3 ACC) will face the VMI Keydets (13-13, 3-3 Big South) in a non-conference game on Wednesday, March 30th at 7:00 PM at Davenport Field at the UVa Baseball Stadium.

LAST TIME THEY MET: Virginia defeated VMI 13-7 on February 25, 1998 in Charlottesville, Va. at the then “UVa Baseball Field” the last time Virginia and VMI met on the diamond.

UVA’S PROBABLE PITCHING FOR VIRGINIA VS. VMI: Virginia is expected to start first-year Pat McAnaney (LHP, 1-0, 2.25 ERA, 12.0 IP, 5K) against VMI. The Keydets are expected to counter with Mike Anton (LHP, 0-2, 8.38 ERA, 9.2 IP, 10K).

VIRGINIA’S CURRENT RECORD & RANKINGS: Virginia stands 18-6 overall, 4-3 in the ACC. UVa is not ranked in this week’s college baseball polls (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, Sports Weekly/ESPN, NCBWA) but is receiving votes in the Sports Weekly/ESPN Top-25 and the NCBWA Top-35.

CAVALIERS RIDING SEASON-HIGH TEN-GAME WINNING STREAK: With its 8-5 victory over Virginia Tech on March 27th, Virginia increased its longest winning streak of the season to 10 games. The streak began with an 8-0 shutout over Longwood (March 8th) coupled with a 13-2 win over James Madison (March 9th) before sweeping Marist three games to none on March 11-13 (3-0, 10-5, 6-0). UVa then defeated Coppin State 15-1 on March 16th, swept Maryland three games to none on March 18-20 (4-1, 6-5, 5-2) before the win over the Hokies.

MOTHER NATURE GETS THE BEST OF CAVALIERS & HOKIES IN WACKY & WET WEEKEND: What does Virginia and Virginia Tech have in common? Aside from being ACC schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia, how about a three-game ACC series that featured: a rainout, a newly scheduled doubleheader, a rescheduled doubleheader, a relocation of the rescheduled doubleheader, and the cancelation of a game from the rescheduled doubleheader in a three-day period for starters!

Virginia may have beaten Virginia Tech 8-5 in the lone contest of an originally scheduled three-game series between the Cavaliers and Hokies, but Mother Nature saw to it that two of the three games in the series were washed away.

Virginia arrived in Blacksburg on Thursday afternoon (March 24th) to prepare for the three-game series with Virginia Tech. However, game one of the series on Friday, March 25th was rained out after a heavy and steady rain began to fall that evening, forcing UVa and VT to scheduled a doubleheader for Saturday, March 26th beginning at 1:00 PM. But Saturday’s doubleheader was then rescheduled for Sunday, March 27th after the outfield at English Field was ruled unplayable, and the two teams would have to wait yet another day to play. But on Sunday, the series was altered yet again, this time by moving the rescheduled doubleheader from Blacksburg to Radford University in Radford, Va. Once in Radford, the doubleheader got underway, but only one game was able to be played because of soggy field conditions and the lack of lights at Radford. In all, Virginia defeated Virginia Tech 8-5 in a single ACC contest for the weekend.

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