Top-Seeded Cavaliers Open ACC Baseball Championship Wednesday
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
Wed. – UVa RHP Cody Winiarski (5-0, 4.23 ERA) vs. BC LHP Pat Dean (5-2, 4.71 ERA)
Thu. – UVa RHP Robert Morey (9-2, 3.13 ERA) vs. FSU LHP Brian Busch (4-1, 4.42 ERA)
Sat. – UVa LHP Danny Hultzen (8-1, 2.08 ERA) vs. UM RHP David Gutierrez (5-1, 4.32 ERA)
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Virginia baseball team, ranked No. 1 this week by Baseball America, opens the ACC Baseball Championship at noon Wednesday when it faces off against Boston College at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro. Virginia, the defending tournament champion, earned the No. 1 seed in the event for just the second time in school history (1985).
The Cavaliers will compete in Division A in the pool-play tournament format. No. 4 Miami, No. 5 Florida State and No. 8 Boston College join UVa in Division A – each team will play one game each against the other teams.
Virginia also will play Florida State at 4 p.m. Thursday and Miami at noon Saturday. UVa will not play Friday.
Fox Sports South, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and NESN will have live television coverage of the Cavaliers’ games on Wednesday and Saturday. Thursday, Fox Sports South and The Comcast Network will televise the UVa game live.
Locally, WINA 1070-AM will have radio coverage of all of Virginia’s tournament action. The games also will be streamed online at VirginiaSports.com (with V Pass subscription). All tournament games will also air on satellite radio on Sirius 215 and XM 190.
A school-record seven Virginia baseball players were named to the 2010 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Team by voting of the league’s coaches. Danny Hultzen (starting pitcher), Phil Gosselin (outfield) and Kevin Arico (relief pitcher) made the All-ACC First Team. Hultzen was honored as UVa’s first-ever ACC Pitcher of the Year, while head coach Brian O’Connor took home ACC Coach of the Year laurels.
UVa had four second-team honorees: Keith Werman (second base), Tyler Cannon (shortstop), Jarrett Parker (outfield) and Robert Morey (starting pitcher). It marks the most players Virginia has ever put on the All-ACC Baseball Team. The previous high was five, set in 2007 and 2009.
Virginia swept Boston College in a three-game series March 19-21 in Charlottesville. UVa pitchers limited BC hitters to just five runs and 18 hits in the series (1.67 ERA). Phil Gosselin was 7-for-10 in the series, while Dan Grovatt went 4-for-10 and drove in six runs.
Virginia opened its ACC schedule at Florida State, taking two of three games from the Seminoles for the program’s first-ever series win over FSU. UVa won the opener, 5-0, behind seven shutout innings from Danny Hultzen, then scored six runs in the ninth inning to rally from an 8-3 deficit and win 9-8 in the Saturday game. Dan Grovatt earned ACC Player of the Week honors following an 8-for-14, three homer weekend at FSU.
The Cavaliers just saw Miami last weekend, as UVa captured two of three games in Coral Gables, Fla. UVa won just its second series ever over the Hurricanes (2006 was the other). Miami hit just .208 in the series, while UVa hit .236. Jarrett Parker was 5-for-13 in the series, with a pair of triples as well as a double. UVa’s starting rotation (Kline, Morey, Hultzen) combined for a 2.65 ERA over 17 IP (5 ER, 15 K).
As the No. 6 seed last year, the Cavaliers won four games in four days to claim the crown (Clemson, UNC, Duke, FSU). UVa was the lowest seed ever to win the title.
Fans can still purchase tickets to the tournament. Complete books to all 13 games are available, as well as individual game tickets. Online ticket information can be found at http://www.theACC.com/championships/10-baseball-tix.html
Tickets remain available for potential NCAA Regional and Super Regional tournaments at Davenport Field. Regional all-session ticket books will be sold for $60 for Reserved seating and $45 for General Admission seating, while Super Regional all-session ticket books may be purchased for $36 for Reserved seating and $24 for General Admission seating. As of Tuesday morning, over 2,000 tickets have been sold for the potential regional as well as a potential super regional.
Tickets may be ordered online at VirginiaSports.com, in person at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium or by phone at (800) 542-UVA1.