Cavalier Baseball Hosts George Washington This Weekend
Feb. 16, 2007
#8 VIRGINIA OPENS HOME SEASON… FINALLY
The Cavaliers will open the home portion of its 2007 schedule on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. as they open a three-game set with George Washington. Mother nature has not been cooperative thus far, as Tuesday’s game against Longwood, originally the home opener, was postponed. Friday’s game against the Colonials was moved to Monday. Sean Doolittle is Saturday’s scheduled starter (2:30 p.m.), Jacob Thompson will go Sunday (1 p.m.), and Matt Packer will start Monday’s contest (3 p.m.).
Due to the men’s basketball game at the John Paul Jones Arena Saturday and the women’s basketball game Sunday, fans attending the Cavalier baseball games at Davenport Field are encouraged to park at the Emmet-Ivy Gararge. The garage is located on the corner of Emmet Street and Ivy Road and is a five-minute walk to the baseball field.
LAST TIME OUT
The Cavaliers opened the 2007 season last weekend at Springmaid Beach Resort Tournament, hosted by Coastal Carolina. In the season opener Friday, Virginia scored ten unanswered runs to down Elon 10-3. On Saturday, the Cavaliers topped North Florida 10-1. In the final game, Virginia suffered a 3-2 loss to Coastal Carolina.
SCOUTING GEORGE WASHINGTON
The Colonials will be making their season debut this weekend against Virginia after having their game against Georgetown postponed on Tuesday. Last season George Washington had a 25-34 overall record and a 13-12 mark in the Atlantic 10 conference. The Colonial offense is led by Charlie Kruer (.300, 9 HR, 47 RBI in 2006). Derek Haese was 6-4 with a 2.09 ERA last year.
SERIES VS. GEORGE WASHINGTON
Virginia leads the all-time series between the teams 6-4. Last season, the Cavaliers defeated the Colonials 11-5 at Davenport Field on February 28.
IN THE POLLS
The Cavaliers enter the weekend ranked in the top ten of the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, the Collegiate Baseball Poll and the Baseball America rankings. Virginia is No. 8 in Baseball America, No. 9 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, and No. 10 by Collegiate Baseball.
CAVALIERS IN HOME OPENERS UNDER O’CONNOR
Virginia is 1-2 in season openers under Brian O’Connor. The Cavaliers defeated North Carolina A&T, 10-7, in O’Connor’s first game as the coach at Virginia. The past two seasons, Virginia has lost to Old Dominion in its home opener, falling 9-6 in 2005 and 5-1 last year.