Top-Ranked Cavaliers Open Home Slate Wednesday vs. GW
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – After a successful opening weekend which has led to the program’s first-ever No. 1 national ranking, the Virginia baseball team returns home at 2 p.m. Wednesday to open a nine-game homestand as is plays host to George Washington at Davenport Field. Please note the time change from the original 3 p.m. start time.
Live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com. Virginia sophomore right-hander Will Roberts (Richmond, Va.) is slated to start for the Cavaliers. GW has yet to name its starting pitcher.
Virginia (2-1) is currently ranked No. 1 nationally in the Baseball America and Rivals.com polls. The Cavaliers were strong at home last season, going 29-6 inside the friendly confines of Davenport Field. Including 21-1 against non-conference foes.
Virginia won its season-opening series last weekend at then-No. 11 East Carolina, taking two of three games in front of large, hostile crowds. UVa took the first game, 6-2, dropped the second, 6-1, and exploded offensively to win 14-11 in the finale to capture the series.
At the plate Dan Grovatt (Jr., Tabernacle, N.J.) had a team-high five hits in the ECU series. Jarrett Parker (Jr., Stafford, Va.) and Steven Proscia (So., Suffern, N.Y.) each had four hits, while Proscia had a team-best six RBI. UVa recorded 19 hits as a team in the win Sunday.
The Cavaliers also were excellent on defense, committing just one error all weekend – good for a .992 fielding percentage.
George Washington (0-3) was swept by North Carolina in a three-game series to open the season. All three games were tightly contested, with UNC prevailing by three runs or fewer in each of the contests. Chris Luick, Chris Holland and Tom Zebroski each had four hits to lead to GWU offense over the weekend.
The athletics department is implementing a number of measures to encourage fans to attend home games, particularly early in the season. Hot chocolate and coffee will be free to all fans for games forecast to be played in weather that is 45 degrees or colder. This promotion will begin with the Wednesday game against George Washington.
Every fan will have the opportunity to win a trip for two to the 2010 ACC Baseball Tournament in Greensboro by attending Virginia baseball home games through March 31. Fans holding tickets purchased in advance will automatically receive an entry each time their ticket is scanned. If a fan transfers, returns, or sells their ticket on the Ticket Marketplace, they will receive the entry for the ACC Tournament trip giveaway once the ticket is scanned.
UVa continues it homestand this weekend as it welcomes Rhode Island for a three-game series. The teams are slated to play at 3 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.