Baseball Matches Up With Stony Brook in Midweek Series
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. The No. 11 Virginia baseball team will take on Stony Brook in a two-game midweek series Tuesday and Wednesday at Davenport Field. Both games will start at 6 p.m.
Virginia (26-5, 8-5 ACC) comes off a 4-1 week, including an ACC series win over Maryland. The Cavaliers are ranked as high as No. 11 nationally this week (Collegiate Baseball Magazine).
Jarrett Parker (So., Stafford, Va.) leads the Cavaliers in batting at .424, which ranks second in the ACC. Parker is coming off a huge week in which he hit .524 (11-for-21) and scored 11 runs. He hit two doubles and two home runs and drove in six runs.
Dan Grovatt (So., Tabernacle, N.J.) is tied for fourth in the league in hitting at .408, while Steven Proscia (Fr., Suffern, N.Y.) ranks eighth at .393. UVa continues to lead the conference in batting at .364 and also is first in earned run average at 2.77.
Stony Brook (12-11, 3-1 America East) took three of four games against Vermont in its league-opening series last weekend. The Seawolves, a 2008 NCAA Tournament participant, finished off the series win with a doubleheader sweep Sunday, winning the opener, 6-3, and taking the finale, 21-20 in 10 innings.
Chad Marshall (.375) and Brian Witkowski (.365) are the Seawolves’ top two hitters, while Witkowski leads the team with six home runs and 24 RBI. Stony Brook is batting .304 as a team and has a 7.47 team ERA.
The teams met for the first time last year, with Virginia taking a doubleheader by 3-0 and 6-4 counts.
Tuesday is $2 Tuesday at the park, with $2 hot dogs and sodas available at the concession stands.
UVa returns to ACC play this weekend, traveling to Georgia Tech for a three-game series.
– Virginia hit four more home runs last week, with two coming from Jarrett Parker. UVa now has 29 home runs this year in 31 games, topping the Cavaliers’ total of 25 from 2008 (62 games).
– Parker reached base to lead off all five games last week (scored four times). In all, he had a .600 on base percentage for the week.
– Parker has scored at least one run in 11 straight games and has a league-high 49 this season. The school record for runs in a season is 60.
– UVa’s had competed in seven straight ACC games which were decided by three runs or fewer before the 17-2 win Sunday. All five of Virginia’s losses have come by two runs or fewer, with four coming by a single run.
– Dan Grovatt is on a nine-game hitting streak. He also boasts a 19-game hitting streak this season.
– Virginia scored seven runs in the second inning Sunday. The seven-run outburst was UVa’s most runs in one inning in an ACC game since tallying seven at Wake Forest on March 10, 2007.
– Phil Gosselin had a career-best five RBI Sunday as he continued to rack up the RBI this year. He has 44 RBI in 31 games, more than doubling his total of 20 from all of 2008.
– UVa continues to lead the ACC in batting (.364) and pitching (2.77). In ACC games only, UVa also is tops in both categories, batting (361) and pitching (4.25).
– Virginia has at least 10 hits in 26 of 31 games this year, including 10 of 13 ACC games.