No. 10 Cavaliers Welcome East Carolina for Three-Game Series
Virginia Cavaliers (4-0)
Probable Starting Rotation
Fri. – LHP Danny Hultzen (1-0, 1.35 ERA)
Sat. – RHP Tyler Wilson (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Sun. – RHP Cody Winiarski (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
East Carolina Pirates (3-0)
Probable Starting Rotation
Fri. – RHP Seth Maness (1-0, 1.29 ERA)
Sat. – RHP Zach Woods (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Sun. – RHP Mike Wright (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia baseball team plays host to East Carolina this weekend for a three-game series at Davenport Field. The teams begin the series at 5 p.m. Friday, and continue the series at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Please note the time change for the Friday game – it was originally scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
Virginia Sports Online Radio will have the audio broadcast for the Friday and Sunday games at VirginiaSports.com (subscription fee required). Live statistics will be available for all three games on VirginiaSports.com.
Friday marks the first baseball card giveaway of the season. In addition, the first 50 UVa students will receive a free hot dog and soda coupon. In addition, fans may register for the ACC Championship Giveaway – one fan will win two tickets and lodging for the ACC Baseball Championship in Durham, N.C. Single-game ticket purchasers may enter at the promotional table on the main concourse for all games prior to March 27.
Free hot chocolate and coffee will be served at the Friday and Saturday games.
The series pits undefeated teams in the young season. The 10th-ranked Cavaliers (4-0) won all three games at the Auburn Tournament last weekend, defeating UAB (6-4), then-No. 23 Auburn (13-2) and Arkansas State (8-2), and picked up a 4-3 comeback win over VMI Wednesday in the home opener.
Chris Taylor (So., Virginia Beach, Va.) has stepped into a starting role for Virginia and flourished thus far, going 7-for-17 (.412) with a team-high seven runs scored out of the leadoff spot. David Coleman (Sr., Richmond, Va.) has made a strong return to the lineup with five hits in 11 at bats (.455) – he already has matched his hit total from all of 2010.
East Carolina is 3-0 after sweeping a home series with Youngstown State last weekend. ECU outscored the Penguins 22-3 in the series. Corey Thompson hit a team-best .400 (4-for-10) in the series, while Philip Clark and Tim Younger each batted .375.
The series this weekend is the back end of a home-and-home series between the teams. UVa opened the 2010 season in Greenville and won two of three games in an entertaining series – all three games rank among the top 11 attended games in ECU program history. Steven Proscia (Suffern, N.Y.) hit .400 (4-for-10) with a double, home run and six RBI in that series.
UVa drew 2,175 fans for its season opener Wednesday afternoon – by far the largest season-opening home crowd and February attendance in program history. Large crowds are anticipated for all three games this weekend and fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.
Tickets remain on sale for all Virginia baseball games through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office. 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) 542-8821. General Admission seating is available in the left- and right-field bleachers, the first baseline bleachers and on the grass hillside. A limited number of Reserved seats also are available in advance for this series.
Virginia continues its 11-game homestand next week with six home contests. UVa will take on William and Mary at 4 p.m. Tuesday and Niagara at 4 p.m. Wednesday in midweek games, then entertains Rider and Cornell over the weekend in a three-team round robin tournament. UVa will play two games against each team.