No. 1 Cavaliers Visit William and Mary at 5 p.m. Wednesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 1 Virginia baseball team travels to William and Mary at 5 p.m. Wednesday for a midweek matchup with the Tribe at Plumeri Park in Williamsburg, Va. It marks Virginia’s first trip to Williamsburg since the 2004 season.
Live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com. William & Mary will have a live radio broadcast streamed online for free at TribeAthletics.com.
The Cavaliers (9-2) are ranked No. 1 nationally for the third-consecutive week by Baseball America and Rivals.com. UVa went 3-1 last week and rebounded with a vengeance from a 2-1 loss to Wright State Friday by scoring in double figures the next three games in a pair of victories over Dartmouth and a win over Wright State.
UVa struggled in the opener against Wright State but exploded over the final three games, scoring 38 runs while racking up 52 hits, including 17 extra-base hits.
Phil Gosselin (Jr., West Chester, Pa.) finished the weekend 11-for-20 with seven runs scored. He led off each of the Cavaliers’ four games with base hits. Tyler Cannon (Sr., Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) also had a big weekend at the plate, going 6-for-13 with eight RBI. Sunday against Wright State, he went 3-for-5 with five RBI. Cannon had a key two-run triple to break open a one-run game in the seventh inning and then ripped a three-run double in the eighth inning.
John Hicks (So., Sandy Hook, Va.) continued his early hit streak last week and is the lone Cavalier to record hits in all 11 games this season. He tied his career-long hitting streak, set from March 18-31 last year. Dating to last season (June 6), Hicks has a 15-game hit streak.
William & Mary (6-4) won 3-0 Tuesday at North Carolina, which is ranked as high as No. 11 nationally this week. Three Tribe pitchers scattered four hits in the shutout victory. Three of the Tribe’s four losses this season came at LSU two weeks ago, but all three games were decided by three runs or fewer.
UVa holds a 65-29-2 edge in the all-time series with William & Mary. The teams met last season, with the Cavaliers earning an 11-1 victory on Feb. 24 in Charlottesville, as five Cavalier pitchers limited the Tribe to just three hits. Jarrett Parker and Phil Gosselin each had a pair of hits and three RBI in the win.
The Cavaliers open ACC play this weekend with a top-five showdown in Tallahassee, Fla., against Florida State. Both teams are ranked among the top-five nationally entering the three-game series, with FSU ranked as high as No. 2. FSU is the preseason ACC favorite in the Atlantic Division, while UVa is the ACC’s preseason favorite in the Coastal Division.