No. 1 Cavaliers Wrap Up Home Schedule Tuesday vs. VMI
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Winners of 14 straight games, the No. 1 Virginia baseball team completes its home schedule at 6 p.m. Tuesday when it plays host to VMI at Davenport Field. The game will be broadcast by WINA 1070-AM and also will be streamed online at VirginiaSports.com (with V Pass subscription).
Tuesday is the final $2 Tuesday at the park. Fans can purchase $2 hot dogs and $2 sodas all game long.
Virginia (43-9, 21-6 ACC) currently is riding the second-longest win streak in school history. The record of 19 straight victories was set to start the 2009 season. UVa also won 14 games in a row during the 2004 season.
The Cavaliers are coming off a stellar weekend against then-No. 21 North Carolina, as UVa swept the three-game series. It marked Virginia’s first-ever three-game series sweep of the Tar Heels and also was UVa’s third straight conference series sweep. The Cavaliers also swept a series right after their exam break for just the second time ever (1997 vs. Maryland).
Virginia drew a sellout crowd of 4,825 for its Sunday contest with North Carolina – UVa’s sixth sellout of the season. For the weekend, a UVa record 13,294 fans attended the three-game series. For the year, Virginia has drawn 93,040 fans for 33 dates – an average of 2,819 fans per game, which ranks 20th nationally.
UVa won two of the three games against North Carolina in dramatic fashion, getting a walk-off single from John Barr (Jr., Ivyland, Pa.) in the Cavaliers’ 3-2 win in the opener and a three-run walk-off home run from John Hicks (So., Sandy Hook, Va.) in UVa’s 5-3 win in the finale. Virginia’s pitching was excellent throughout the series, as the Cavaliers limited UNC to just six runs and 16 hits.
The Cavaliers remain No. 1 in the ACC in both team batting (.341) and pitching (3.50 ERA) this week. Phil Gosselin (Jr., West Chester, Pa.) ranks second in the conference in batting with a .386 mark.
VMI (31-18, 12-12 Big South) dropped two of three games against Winthrop over the weekend. Cory Spangenberg leads the team with a .380 batting average, while Alex Haitsuka is close behind at .373. Jordan Ballard has a team-high 18 home runs as well as 54 RBI. The Keydets have an impressive team batting average of .329, while their pitching staff owns a 5.06 ERA.
VMI handed the Cavaliers their worst loss of the season on April 14, downing the Cavaliers 12-3 in Lexington. Since that contest, Virginia has gone 16-1, while the Keydets have gone 2-13. Overall, UVa holds a 99-27 edge in the all-time series.
Virginia will finish the regular season at Miami Thursday through Saturday. UVa enters the final weekend of ACC play with a two-game lead over Miami and Georgia Tech in the ACC Coastal Division.