No. 11 Baseball Returns to Action This Weekend vs. Duke
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. After a nine-day break for final exams, the No. 11 Virginia baseball team returns to Davenport Field this weekend for a three-game series against Duke. The series consists of a 7 p.m. game Friday and 1 p.m. contests Saturday and Sunday. Please note the game time change Saturday from the original time of 7 p.m.
Sunday, UVa will conduct Senior Day ceremonies at 12:30 p.m. The Cavaliers will honor their three fourth-years: Will Campbell, Andrew Carraway and Brad Grove.
All three games will be available on radio with WINA 1070-AM and online at VirginiaSports.com through V Pass. Each game also will be available through ACC Select’s webcast.
Friday night is Teacher’s Night and a Public School Book Cover Game. Albemarle and Charlottesville Public School children will receive a book cover coupon for $4 admission to the game.
Sunday is Family Day (four tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas for $32). There also will be a post-game autograph session as well as base running for kids 13 and under.
The Toss for $10,000 promotion will be played on Friday and Sunday, with one lucky fan getting the chance to win $10,000.
NOTING THE WEEKEND SERIES
Probable Pitching Matchups (UVa starters listed first):
Fri.: LHP Danny Hultzen (6-0, 2.30 ERA) vs. LHP Christopher Manno (4-4, 4.61 ERA)
Sat.: RHP Andrew Carraway (5-0, 3.39 ERA) vs. RHP Andrew Wolcott (6-3, 2.42 ERA)
Sun.: RHP Robert Morey (1-0, 3.03 ERA) vs. TBA
The series is big for both teams. With six ACC games remaining, the Cavaliers (35-9-1, 13-8-1 ACC) already have clinched an ACC Tournament bid but still are in the hunt for a Coastal Division title. The Blue Devils (31-18, 12-12) currently sit in seventh place overall in the conference and are in position to earn a bid to the conference tournament. Duke, Boston College and Virginia Tech all are in a close battle for the final two slots in the tournament.
The Cavaliers’ last game was April 28, a 5-2 win over Liberty. Heading into the break, UVa had won eight of its last 10 games, including ACC series wins over Boston College and NC State. Dan Grovatt (So.,, Tabernacle, N.J.) paces the Cavaliers with a .393 batting average, including a .404 mark in ACC games. Both marks rank fourth in the ACC. Jarrett Parker (So., Stafford, Va.) is among the conference’s leaders in nearly every offensive statistical category. He ranks seventh in the conference in batting (.383) and sixth in home runs (13).
Duke is led offensively by Alex Hassan and Nate Freiman, each of whom is hitting .357. Freiman is tied for the ACC lead with 15 home runs and also has 55 RBI, which ranks second in the conference. Hassan also serves as the Blue Devils’ closer and has eight saves. Duke boasts a strong one-two punch in its starting rotation with Manno and Wolcott. Wolcott ranks second in the league in ERA to UVa’s Danny Hultzen. As a team, the Blue Devils are hitting .303 and have a 4.57 team ERA.
Virginia holds a 78-51-1 edge in its all-time series with Duke. UVa head coach Brian O’Connor holds an 11-5 record against the Blue Devils, including a 5-1 mark at Davenport Field.
The Blue Devils won two of three last year in Durham, marking their first series win vs. UVa since 1998.