No. 1 Cavaliers Welcome Boston College for Weekend Series
VIRGINIA CAVALIERS (14-3, 2-1 ACC)
Probable Starting Rotation
Fri. – LHP Danny Hultzen (3-1, 1.04 ERA)
Sat. – RHP Robert Morey (2-1, 4.03 ERA)
Sun. – RHP Cody Winiarski (1-0, 7.13 ERA)
BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES (7-9, 1-2 ACC)
Probable Starting Rotation
Fri. – RHP Kevin Moran (1-2, 10.54 ERA)
Sat. – RHP Mike Dennhardt (1-3, 10.91 ERA)
Sun. – TBA
RSN Television Affiliates For Saturday
CSN Mid-Atlantic Live
FS South Live
FS Florida Live
Fox College Sports Atlantic
State of NC on a delay at 4 p.m. ET following Hurricanes @ Penguins
NESN next day delay – Sunday 3/21 at 6 p.m. ET
CHARLOTTESVILLE Va. – The top-ranked Virginia baseball team begins its home ACC schedule this weekend as it entertains Boston College in a three-game series at Davenport Field. The teams open the series at 6 p.m. Friday, with 1 p.m. contests Saturday and Sunday set to follow.
The Saturday game will be broadcast by the Regional Sports Network, with Mike Hogewood and Scott Pose on the call. WINA Radio (1070-AM) will air the Friday and Saturday games live; those broadcasts also will be available at VirginiaSports.com with a V Pass subscription.
Virginia is ranked No. 1 nationally in the Baseball America, NCBWA and Rivals.com polls and No. 2 in the Collegiate Baseball and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls. The Cavaliers are 14-3 overall and 2-1 in the ACC entering play this weekend. UVa started ACC action with a 2-1 series win at Florida State last weekend, then scored midweek wins over William and Mary (9-1) and James Madison (6-3) this week.
Friday, the first 750 fans will receive the first set of Virginia baseball cards. Sunday is Family Day , as fans can purchase four tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas for $32. It also is Little League Day, with $4 general admission tickets for the Cove Creek, Northside and Albemarle Little Leagues. Coaches must call 800-542-UVA1 to purchase their team’s tickets.
Virginia starts the weekend with a .359 team batting average, which ranks second in the ACC. Dan Grovatt (Jr., Tabernacle, N.J.), the reigning ACC Player of the Week, is batting a team-high .424, which ranks eighth in the conference. Tyler Cannon (Sr., Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) is currently on a nine-game hitting streak to raise his average to .385, which is 20th in the ACC.
After two strong team performances on the mound this week, UVa sports a 3.75 team ERA. Danny Hultzen (So., Bethesda, Md.), the scheduled UVa starter for Friday, is tied for third in the ACC with a 1.04 ERA, to go along with his 3-1 record. Since allowing two runs, two hits and two walks in the first inning of the season opener at East Carolina, Hultzen has surrendered just two runs (one earned), 11 hits and one walk, while striking out 31, in 25 innings.
Boston College is 7-9 this season, with all 16 games coming on the road. The Eagles will play their first home game of the year on Tuesday against Hartford. BC dropped two of three games at Miami last weekend to kick off ACC play, then split a pair of midweek games, falling at Connecticut (8-4) and defeating Bryant (8-2).
Robbie Anston leads the Eagles with a .397 batting average and is one of five BC regulars with an average of .300 or better. On the mound, junior southpaw Pat Dean is the reigning ACC Pitcher of the Week after firing eight shutout innings in a win at Miami last Friday. BC hits .290 as a team and has a 7.27 team ERA.
Virginia is 10-1 all-time against Boston College, with all the meetings coming since BC started ACC play in 2006. BC won its first game against UVa last year in Chestnut Hill, although the Cavaliers won two of three in the series.
UVa continues its homestand at 5 p.m. Tuesday when it plays host to Marshall.