No. 28 Virginia Baseball Welcomes VMI Tuesday Night
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. The No. 28 Virginia baseball team wraps up the non-conference portion of its regular season at 6 p.m. Tuesday when it plays host to VMI at Davenport Field. The teams are meeting for the first time this season after having their first matchup rained out on March 4 in Lexington.
Virginia (34-17, 14-13 ACC) returns to the field after a 5-4 rain-shortened win over No. 2 North Carolina Sunday at home. Jeremy Farrell’s two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning provided Virginia with the go-ahead runs. Shortly after the sixth inning was completed, play was halted because of inclement weather, and just over an hour later the game was called. The contest wrapped up a hard-fought three-game series in which the Tar Heels won two of three games.
John Barr (Fr., Ivyland, Pa.) led Virginia with two hits, while Tyler Cannon (So., Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) scored twice for the Cavaliers, who finished with eight hits. Neal Davis (So., Baltimore, Md.) earned the win out of the bullpen to improve to 4-0 on the season. He pitched the sixth inning and came in after Andrew Carraway (Jr., Marietta, Ga.) started and tossed five innings.
Virginia owns a league-high 117 stolen bases this season. The Cavaliers are bearing down on the single-season school record of 128, set during the 2007 season. Greg Miclat (Jr., Concord, N.C.) paces the team with an ACC-best 29 stolen bases and now has 82 career steals, one shy of the Virginia career record and tied for 21st in ACC history. He also is three stolen bases shy of the UVa single-season record that he set last year.
VMI (26-22, 14-11 Big South) comes to Charlottesville on a four-game winning streak. The Keydets swept Maryland-Eastern Shore in a three-game series over the weekend in Lexington. Sam Roberts and Tanner Biagini lead the team with a .346 batting average. Biagini has eight home runs and a team-best 43 RBI. Jordan Ballard boasts a team-high 11 home runs.
Virginia leads the all-time series, 97-26. The teams split two games last season, with UVa winning 5-3 at home before VMI captured 5-2 win in Lexington.
Virginia wraps up the regular season with a key three-game ACC series against No. 25 Georgia Tech. The Cavaliers and Yellow Jackets, who are tied for fifth place in the conference, will face off at 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday.