No. 1 Cavaliers Set to Battle Marshall at 5 p.m. Tuesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The top-ranked Virginia baseball team continues its nine-game homestand at 5 p.m. Tuesday when it plays host to Marshall at Davenport Field. The Thundering Herd-Cavaliers contest can be heard live online with a V Pass subscription at VirginiaSports.com. Live statistics also will available at VirginiaSports.com.
Tuesday is a $2 Tuesday at the park. Fans can purchase $2 hot dogs and $2 sodas all game long.
Virginia (17-3), ranked No. 1 nationally this week in the Baseball America, NCBWA and Rivals.com polls, has won five straight games after a weekend series sweep against Boston College. Phil Gosselin (Jr., West Chester, Pa.) reached base in 19 of his 23 plate appearances last week, good for an .826 on base percentage. Dan Grovatt (Jr., Tabernacle, N.J.) continued his strong season at the plate by going 7-for-17 (.412) last week with three extra-base hits and nine RBI.
Tyler Cannon (Sr., Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) comes into the week as one of Virginia’s hottest hitters, with a career-high 12-game hitting streak.
Virginia will look to continue its strong pitching from last week. In the five games, Virginia allowed just nine runs. Will Roberts (So., Richmond, Va.) is slated to get the starting nod Tuesday for the Wahoos. Marshall has yet to name a starter.
Marshall is 8-9 this season and already boasts one win over a Top-25 foe – a 17-1 victory over then-No. 17 Ohio State on March 13. Alfred Brito leads the team with a .421 batting average, while catcher Victor Gomez, a 2010 Johnny Bench Award Watch List honoree, has a .366 batting average and leads the team with six home runs and 22 RBI.
Virginia has won all nine of the previous meetings with Marshall. The teams met last season in Charlottesville, with the Cavaliers using a four-run seventh-inning rally to come back and defeat the Thundering Herd, 5-4.
Virginia returns to ACC play this weekend, batting Clemson in a three-game series at Davenport Field. The Tigers are ranked as high as No. 5 nationally this week. The series also pits the Atlantic and Coastal Division leaders in the ACC.
Fans planning to attend games this weekend are encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of time online at VirginiaSports.com. The ticket booth and gates to Davenport Field open two hours prior to first pitch each day.
General admission seating is available in the grandstand and left-field bleachers as well as on the grass hillside. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youth (18 and under), seniors (60 and older) and faculty/staff (limit two per faculty/staff). Tickets can be ordered in person at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium, by phone at (800) 542-8821 and online at VirginiaSports.com. Advance ticket sales online end four hours prior to the game.