No. 13 Cavaliers Take on Radford Wednesday Night
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. The No. 13 Virginia baseball team faces in-state rival Radford at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Davenport Field. The teams are playing the back end of a two-game series, with UVa winning the first matchup, 12-2, March 31 in Salem, Va.
Because of an event at John Paul Jones Arena on Wednesday night, baseball fans will be permitted to park in the Cage lot.
Virginia (28-7-1) returns home following a rare tie at then-No. 8 Georgia Tech on Sunday. The Cavaliers went 1-1-1 in the series, with the first two games each decided in the ninth inning by one run before UVa scored a ninth-inning run in the third game to force a 4-4 tie. The final game was called after nine innings because of a 4:15 travel curfew.
The series was reminiscent of much of the ACC season for the Cavaliers. All six of Virginia’s ACC losses have come by two runs or fewer, including five by one run apiece. In all, 10 of UVa’s last 11 ACC games have been decided by three runs or fewer.
Jarrett Parker (So., Stafford, Va.) leads the Cavaliers in hitting at .409. The Cavaliers’ leadoff hitter is first in the country in runs scored with 56 and already is just four runs shy of the Virginia single-season runs record. He also ranks third nationally in total bases (112) and 11th in slugging percentage (.818).
Virginia continues to lead the ACC in batting (.354) and pitching (3.12). Parker is second in batting, while Dan Grovatt (So., Tabernacle, N.J.) is fourth at .399 after going 6-for-12 with six RBI last weekend at Georgia Tech. Phil Gosselin (So., West Chester, Pa.) and Steven Proscia (Fr., Suffern, N.Y.) are tied for 12th at .375.
Radford (15-14) downed Longwood, 12-5, Tuesday afternoon at home. Alex Gregory paces the Highlanders with an impressive .419 batting average. Jeff Kemp (.358) and Nick Minter (.355) are second and third, respectively, on the team in batting. Radford is hitting .324 as a team and has a 6.17 team ERA.
In the meeting March 31, Virginia exploded for nine runs in the second inning in cruising to a 12-2 win over Radford. Tyler Cannon (Jr., Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) had a pair of doubles, while Phil Gosselin (So., West Chester, Pa.) drove in three runs for UVa. Robert Poutier (Sr., Yorktown, Va.) started and pitched five scoreless innings for the Cavaliers.
Virginia travels to Boston College for a three-game ACC series this weekend. The first game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Friday and will be available by webcast on ACC Select. The second game is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, while the finale will be at noon Sunday.