No. 1 Virginia Takes on No. 16 Miami This Weekend
VIRGINIA CAVALIERS (43-5, 20-4 ACC)
Probable Starting Rotation
Fri. – LHP Danny Hultzen (9-1, 1.19 ERA)
Sat. – RHP Tyler Wilson (5-0, 2.85 ERA)
Sun. – RHP Will Roberts (9-0, 1.43 ERA)
MIAMI HURRICANES (31-16, 16-7 ACC)
Probable Starting Rotation
Fri. – LHP Bryan Radziewski (7-2, 3.29 ERA)
Sat. – RHP Eric Whaley (7-3, 2.99 ERA)
Sun. – RHP E.J. Encinosa (4-4, 2.81 ERA)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – After a nine-day break for final exams, the top-ranked Virginia baseball team returns to action this weekend with a three-game ACC series against No. 16 Miami at Davenport Field. The teams are slated to play at 5 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Please note the time change for Friday.
The Saturday game will be televised by the ACC’s Regional Sports Networks (Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic in the Virginia area). Live video of the Friday and Sunday games will be available through a subscription service at VirginiaSports.com. All three games will be broadcast by WINA 1070-AM in Charlottesville, while the Saturday game also will be aired by WRNL 910-AM in Richmond.
A limited number of tickets remain for all three games of the series. Tickets for home Virginia baseball games can be ordered by phone at (800) 542-8821, online at VirginiaSports.com or at the Davenport Field entrance starting two hours before first pitch. Advance ticket sales online end four hours prior to each game.
Because of PVCC graduation ceremonies at John Paul Jones Arena Friday night, parking will be limited in the surface lot at the arena. Parking will be available all weekend in the University Hall lots. The Emmet-Ivy Garage will be open Friday and Sunday with free parking.
At 3 p.m. Sunday, the UVa men’s lacrosse team will play Bucknell in a first-round NCAA tournament game. Baseball fans should be aware that there is a $5 charge to park in the University Hall and JPJ lots for the lacrosse game. Free parking will remain available at the Emmet-Ivy Garage. For the Sunday parking map, click here.
Prior to the Sunday game, UVa will hold Senior Day ceremonies beginning at noon. Fourth-years John Barr (Ivyland, Pa.), Tyler Biddix (Richmond, Va.), David Coleman (Richmond, Va.), Kenny Swab (Kernersville, N.C.), Tyler Wilson (Midlothian, Va.) and Cody Winiarski (Franksville, Wis.) will be honored, as will managers Rod Larson and Tyler Wagner.
Virginia stands 43-5 overall and 20-4 in the ACC entering the weekend series. UVa holds a two-game lead over Georgia Tech (18-6) in the ACC Coastal Division with six games remaining in conference play. Miami (16-7) and North Carolina (16-8) also remain in the Coastal race. UVa stands No. 1 this week in three of the four major national polls. The Cavaliers hold the No. 2 position in the RPI this week, behind Florida.
Virginia already ranks seventh in single-season wins in UVa history with 43. With its next win the 2011 squad will move into the top five in single-season victories at UVa, matching the 1996 and 2004 teams. UVa leads all Division I teams in wins this year; Vanderbilt ranks second with 40.
The Cavaliers lead the ACC in three major categories – batting (.314), ERA (2.23) and fielding (.983). UVa ranks 15th nationally in batting, second in ERA behind Charlotte (2.19) and third in fielding.
Coleman, John Hicks (Jr., Sandy Hook, Va.) and Steven Proscia (Jr., Suffern, N.Y.) each rank among the ACC’s top 10 in batting entering the weekend. Coleman stands second at .390, while Hicks is fourth at .359 and Proscia is ninth at .351.
The pitching staff continues to be the major driving force for the Cavaliers. Virginia is the lone team to rank among the top 20 nationally in ERA, strikeouts per nine innings and fewest hits and walks allowed per nine innings. UVa stands in the top-5 in all of those categories as of the Monday report: ERA (2nd, 2.23), strikeouts/nine innings (2nd, 10.0), fewest hits/nine innings (3rd, 6.74), fewest walks/nine innings (3rd, 2.21).
Miami enters the weekend with a 31-16 record, including a 16-7 mark in ACC play. Nathan Melendres leads the team with a .343 batting average, which is 14th in the conference. Leadoff hitter Zeke DeVoss tops the ACC with 28 stolen bases and ranks second in walks (45), fourth in on base percentage (.469) and sixth in runs (47).
The Hurricanes are batting .279 as a team (eighth in the ACC), have racked up a 3.39 ERA (fifth in the ACC) and are fielding at a .963 clip (11th in the ACC).
Miami holds an 18-12 lead in the all-time series with Virginia. UVa took three of four contests with the Hurricanes last season, winning two of three in Miami before snagging the teams’ game in the ACC tournament as well.
Promotions Information for the Weekend
Friday is another TGIF Students night. The first 50 UVa students to come through the turnstiles will receive a coupon for a free hot dog and soda. There also will be another baseball card giveaway on Friday.
Sunday will be Family Day. Fans may purchase four general admission tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas for $36. In addition, area little leagues may purchase general admission tickets at the group rate of $5 each. Coaches should call 800-542-UVA1 to order for their team (not available on game-day). There also will be an autograph session and running of the bases following the game.