No. 1 Virginia Plays Host to George Washington Tuesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The top-ranked Virginia baseball team will play host to George Washington at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Davenport Field.
Tuesday is another $2 Tuesday at the park – all hot dogs and sodas are $2 throughout the evening.
Virginia moved to No. 1 in the Collegiate Baseball and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls on Monday, marking the second straight season the program has claimed a No. 1 national ranking. UVa also is ranked No. 2 nationally by Baseball America and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) this week; Vanderbilt is No. 1 in each of those polls.
Virginia is aiming for the 2,000th win in program history on Tuesday. Currently in its 122nd season of baseball, UVa sports a 1,999-1,610-40 all-time record.
Virginia owns a Division I-high 24 wins this year and stands 24-2 after recording a three-game sweep over ACC rival Maryland last weekend at Davenport Field. UVa also improved to 8-1 in conference play with its three wins over the Terrapins.
Virginia has leaned on its pitching and defense thus far. UVa leads the ACC with an even 2.00 team ERA and also is tops in the conference with a .986 fielding percentage. The Cavaliers are allowing just 2.4 runs per game – second fewest nationally. The offense has been solid as well, with UVa boasting a .297 team batting average.
Virginia RHP Will Roberts (Jr., Richmond, Va.) and George Washington RHP Tommy Gately are the scheduled starting pitchers. Roberts is 4-0 with a 1.47 ERA, while Gately stands 2-2 with a 4.32 ERA. Roberts started last year against the Colonials in UVa’s 5-2 win; he worked 5.2 innings and gave up two earned runs in notching the win. Gately started against the Cavaliers in the teams’ 2009 meeting and took the loss after surrendering five earned runs in 3.0 innings.
John Hicks (Jr., Sandy Hook, Va.) leads the Cavaliers’ offense with a .383 batting average – seventh in the ACC. He ranks second in the ACC with 41 hits and third in total bases with 59. Stephen Proscia (Jr., Suffern, N.Y.) has been the Cavaliers’ big run producer, driving in 27 runs and ripping 10 doubles (both third in ACC). Proscia also is batting .447 in ACC games – second best in the league.
Chris Taylor (So., Virginia Beach, Va.) is coming off a strong week, going 8-for-20 (.400) in five games against Towson and Maryland. A steadying force at the top of the lineup, he is tied for the conference lead in runs scored (31) and ranks fifth in the ACC in hits (35).
Stephen Oswald leads the Colonials (7-17, 1-3 Atlantic 10) with a .406 batting average, while Brendon Kelliher is batting .330. GW is batting .265 as a team and also owns a 6.49 team ERA and .948 team fielding percentage.
Virginia holds a 17-12 edge in the all-time series with George Washington and has won the last two meetings since the Colonials defeated UVa in Charlottesville in 2008.
Virginia hits the road this weekend for a three-game ACC series at Virginia Tech. The teams are scheduled to play at 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.