No. 16 Baseball Plays Georgetown, William & Mary This Week
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia baseball team plays host to two midweek games this week at Davenport Field, as the Cavaliers battle Georgetown for the first time in 14 years at 6 p.m. Tuesday before facing off with a red-hot William & Mary squad at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The Cavaliers (31-11, 13-8 ACC), ranked as high as No. 16 nationally, went 2-2 last week after dropping a midweek contest to No. 19 Coastal Carolina and taking two of three games in their weekend ACC series with Wake Forest. Virginia used strong pitching and clutch hitting to grab wins Friday and Sunday against the Demon Deacons and improve to 26-4 this season at home.
Friday, three UVa pitchers combined on a five-hitter and John Barr (Fr., Ivyland, Pa.) hit the go-ahead two-run double in the sixth inning in the Cavaliers’ 4-2 win. Sunday, Andrew Carraway (Jr., Marietta, Ga.) tossed seven solid innings and Michael Schwimer (Sr., Alexandria, Va.) fired a season-high 3.1 innings of relief to keep the game tied until Jarrett Parker (Fr., Stafford, Va.) drove in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning to give Virginia a 3-2 victory.
Georgetown (14-23, 4-14 Big East) dropped two of three league games at Cincinnati over the weekend. Tom Elliott leads the Hoyas with a .333 batting average, while Sean Lamont has team-high 11 homers (second in Big East) and 29 runs batted in.
The programs are squaring off for the first time since 1994, a 14-0 UVa win in Charlottesville. Georgetown leads the all-time series, 16-15.
William & Mary (29-12, 13-7 CAA) is on a roll, winning 13 of its last 15 games, including a three-game home sweep of VCU over the weekend. The Tribe features one of the nation’s premier offenses, as the team ranked ninth nationally in batting (.339) in the last national rankings. Tim Park (.446) and Mike Sheridan (.439) are the Tribe’s leading hitters. Sheridan has a team-high 11 homers and 52 RBI, while Park is second with nine homers and 46 RBI.
The Cavaliers lead the all-time series with William & Mary, 64-28-5, after downing the Tribe 17-2 last season in Charlottesville. UVa has won five straight vs. Tribe dating to its last loss on Feb. 27, 2001.
Virginia is next in action this weekend, as it travels to top-ranked Miami for a three-game series.