No. 1 Virginia Baseball Plays VCU Tuesday Evening
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The top-ranked Virginia baseball team plays host to VCU at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Davenport Field. UVa will wear special uniforms as part of its second Throwback Night of the season.
WINA 1070-AM will carry the live radio broadcast. The broadcast also will be carried on VirginiaSports.com (subscription required).
Tuesday is a $2 Tuesday at the park – all hot dogs and sodas will be $2 each.
The game is a rematch of the opener of the 2010 NCAA Regional, which Virginia won 15-4 in Charlottesville.
The unanimous No. 1 team in the nation in the major polls for the second straight week, Virginia (40-4, 18-3 ACC) is coming off a series win over NC State last weekend, UVa’s 13th-consecutive ACC series triumph.
The Cavaliers reached the 40-win plateau for the seventh time in the last eight seasons and became the first team to hit 40 wins this year in Division I baseball. It marked the first time Virginia has picked up 40 wins before May.
A pair of right-handers will toe the rubber Tuesday night – Cody Winiarski (Sr., Franksville, Wis.) for Virginia and Blake Hauser for VCU.
Virginia leads the ACC with a 2.31 team ERA, as opposing hitters are batting a league-low .215 against Cavalier hurlers. UVa ranks third in the conference with a .312 batting average. UVa also paces the ACC with its .983 fielding percentage.
John Hicks (Jr., Sandy Hook, Va.) and Steven Proscia (Jr., Suffern, N.Y.) continue to provide UVa’s one-two punch in the middle of the lineup. Hicks ranks eighth in the ACC with a .359 batting average and also has hit four homers and driven in 39 runs. Proscia stands ninth in the conference with a .357 batting average, with four homers and 44 RBI. Proscia currently is tied for the Virginia career RBI record (167) with Sean Doolittle (2005-07).
VCU holds a 16-22 record this year, including an 8-10 mark in CAA play. John Lenherr leads the Rams with a .389 batting average and 16 stolen bases, while Taylor Perkins is hitting .312. VCU is batting .288 as a team, holds a 4.38 team ERA and is fielding at a .960 clip.
UVa defeated VCU twice last year in Charlottesville and owns a 32-19 edge in the all-time series.
After the VCU game Tuesday, the Cavaliers will not play a home game for the next 16 days. Virginia travels to Boston College this weekend for a three-game ACC series, then heads to VCU next Tuesday before taking a nine-day break for final exams. The Cavaliers are next at home May 13-15 against Miami.