No. 1 Virginia Welcomes JMU at 3 p.m. Tuesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 1-ranked Virginia baseball team will take on James Madison at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Davenport Field. Please note the time change from the original start time of 4 p.m.
With Tuesday’s first pitch temperature forecast to be 45 degrees, hot chocolate and coffee will be free to all fans during the game. This is part of a season-long promotion conducted by the athletics department in which hot chocolate and coffee will be available to fans for free if the forecasted temperature at the start of the game is 45 degrees or below.
Virginia (6-1) is again ranked No. 1 nationally this week by Baseball America and Rivals.com. UVa is coming off a strong week where the Cavaliers won all four of their games, including a three-game weekend series sweep of Rhode Island. Keith Werman (So., Vienna, Va.) went 7-for-11 (.636) during the week, while Phil Gosselin (Jr., West Chester, Pa.) was 9-for-17 (.529) with a home run and six RBI.
Jarrett Parker (Jr., Stafford, Va.) scored a team-high six runs in the four victories, while Steven Proscia (So., Suffern, N.Y.) drove in a team-best seven runs as he pushed his season RBI total to 13, which ranks second in the ACC.
Virginia’s offense hit another gear over the weekend, scoring 43 runs, including 22 Saturday. The pitching also was strong, as UVa recorded a 2.25 ERA in the four-game span while allowing just nine runs. Virginia pitchers struck out 42 batters and walked just six in 36 innings.
James Madison, the preseason Colonial Athletic Association favorite, is 0-3 after a weekend of tough competition at the Baseball at the Beach tournament. The Dukes fell to nationally-ranked Coastal Carolina and UC Irvine as well as NC State. Matt Browning had a team-best five hits and four RBI in the three games.
Virginia and James Madison are meeting for the first time since April 25, 2007. In that contest, the Dukes won a wild 7-6, 14-inning game at Davenport Field. JMU scored five runs in the top of the 14th before UVa staged a furious rally in its half of the 14th, scoring four runs before Beau Seabury flew out to the warning track for the final out, leaving the bases loaded. Virginia holds a 30-25 edge in the all-time series.
The Cavaliers return home this weekend with games against 2009 NCAA Tournament participants Dartmouth and Wright State. UVa will face Wright State at 3 p.m. Friday, Dartmouth at 3 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. Sunday and Wright State again at 3 p.m. Sunday. The Big Green and Raiders will play a neutral-site contest at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.