Virginia Plays Host to William and Mary Tuesday, Niagara Wednesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia baseball team will entertain William and Mary and Niagara Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, in 4 p.m. games at Davenport Field. An audio broadcast of the Wednesday game will be available online at VirginiaSports.com.
For fans attending the Tuesday game with William & Mary, parking only will be available in the Emmet-Ivy Garage. All lots surrounding University Hall and John Paul Jones Arena will be reserved for fans attending the Virginia-NC State men’s basketball game that evening.
For fans coming to the Wednesday game with Niagara, baseball parking will be available in the University Hall and John Paul Jones surface lots as well as the JPJA garage.
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-UVA1. 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 these games.
Virginia (6-1) won two of three games against East Carolina last weekend, although the Pirates ended UVa’s season-opening six-game win streak on Sunday with a 4-3 win. UVa’s pitching was stellar throughout the weekend, as Cavalier hurlers struck out 40 batters and walked just four.
Chris Taylor (So., Virginia Beach, Va.) and John Hicks (Jr., Sandy Hook, Va.) each have hits in all seven games this year for the Cavaliers. David Coleman (Sr., Richmond, Va.) leads the Cavaliers with a .400 batting average, while Taylor and Hicks rank second and third with .393 and .357 batting averages, respectively. Hultzen leads the team in RBI with 10.
William and Mary is 2-7 this season after dropping two of three games in a home series with Fairfield over the past weekend. Derrick Osteen leads the team with a .286 batting average.
A pair of left-handers are slated to take the mound Tuesday – UVa’s Kyle Crockett (Fr., Poquoson, Va.) and William & Mary’s Matt Wainman.
Niagara currently is on an eight-game road swing through Virginia to start the season. The Purple Eagles (1-6) won 8-7 Sunday at Virginia Tech to avoid a four-game sweep at the hands of the Hokies. Brian Deering holds a team-best .333 batting average, while Eric Hink is hitting .280.
Virginia will start RHP Will Roberts (Jr., Richmond, Va.) on Wednesday. Niagara has not yet named a starting pitcher.
Virginia will play four games this weekend at Davenport Field as Rider and Cornell come to Davenport Field. UVa will play Cornell at 4 p.m. Friday, then battles Rider at noon Saturday and Cornell at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Cavaliers conclude the weekend against Rider at 3 p.m. Sunday. Cornell and Rider will play at noon Friday and 11 a.m. Sunday.