No. 1 Virginia Baseball Plays VCU Tuesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 1-ranked Virginia baseball team returns to Davenport Field at 6 p.m. Tuesday to take on VCU in the final game before a nine-day hiatus for final exams. The game will air live on WINA 1070-AM as well as VirginiaSports.com (with V Pass subscription).
Tuesday is a $2 Tuesday at the stadium, with $2 hot dogs and sodas available.
Virginia (39-9, 18-6 ACC) rides a 10-game winning streak into the game Tuesday. The Cavaliers swept a three-game series at Duke over the weekend, moving into a first-place tie with Miami in the ACC Coastal Division in the process. Virginia is slated to start RHP Branden Kline (Fr., Frederick, Md.), while VCU is scheduled to start LHP Michael Graham.
The Cavaliers boast both of the ACC’s weekly award winners for this week, with Phil Gosselin (Jr., West Chester, Pa.) taking home ACC Player of the Week honors, while Danny Hultzen (So., Bethesda, Md.) earning Pitcher of the Week laurels.
Gosselin, after a 12-for-25 week, now owns a .393 batting average, which ranks second in the ACC. He leads the ACC with 77 hits and paces a Virginia offense which has scored in double figures in eight of the 10 games during the Cavaliers’ current winning streak. UVa has a .345 team batting average, which leads the ACC.
Virginia’s offense continues to pile up extra-base hits. UVa already is bearing down on school records for doubles and triples. The Cavaliers have 133 doubles this year and need five more to match the record set last season, and UVa has 27 triples and needs just one more to tie the record, which also was set last year.
After a complete-game, 13-strikeout effort Friday night Hultzen leads the ACC with a 2.00 ERA and 94 strikeouts. Virginia’s pitching staff has a 3.58 ERA, which trails only Miami (3.56) in the ACC. The Cavaliers have surrendered six runs or fewer in all 10 games during the winning streak.
VCU is 23-19-1 and 12-5-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association after dropping two of three games at UNC Wilmington last weekend. Joe Van Meter leads the team with a .399 batting average, 71 hits and 46 RBI. Richard Gonzalez is batting .394 with a team-high 15 doubles. VCU is batting .307 as a team and owns a 5.14 team ERA.
Virginia owns a 30-19 edge in the all-time series and has won the last six games between the two teams.
After the nine-day exam break, the Cavaliers will play host to No. 24 North Carolina May 14-16 at Davenport Field.