Top-Seeded Cavaliers Compete in ACC Baseball Championship This Week
VIRGINIA CAVALIERS (45-9, 22-8 ACC) AT THE ACC BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Probable Pitching Matchups
Wed. vs. Wake Forest – RHP Tyler Wilson (6-0, 2.54 ERA) vs. LHP Brian Holmes (3-3, 2.51 ERA)
Fri. vs. Miami – RHP Will Roberts (10-1, 1.67 ERA) vs. RHP Eric Whaley (7-5, 2.61 ERA)
Sat. vs. UNC – LHP Danny Hultzen (9-3, 1.49 ERA) vs. LHP Kent Emanuel (6-1, 2.83 ERA)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Seeded No. 1 in the field for the second-consecutive season, the Virginia baseball team will compete in the ACC Baseball Championship this week at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C. The Cavaliers (45-9, 22-8 ACC) begin tournament play at 3 p.m. Wednesday when they take on Wake Forest.
Virginia and Wake Forest will play in Pool A along with No. 4 seed North Carolina and No. 5 seed Miami in the pool-play format. Virginia also is scheduled to play at 11 a.m. Friday against Miami and 7 p.m. Saturday versus North Carolina. Virginia will be playing Wake for the first time since the first ACC weekend of the 2009 season, a three-game UVa series sweep in Winston-Salem.
The four teams in Pool A will play each other once, and the team with the best record will advance to face the top team in Pool B in the championship game at 1 p.m. Sunday. Pool B consists of No. 2 seed Florida State, No. 3 Georgia Tech, No. 6 Clemson and No. 7 North Carolina State. The winner of the championship game earns the ACC’s automatic berth into the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
Comcast Mid-Atlantic Plus, Fox Sports South and SunSports will have live television coverage of the Virginia-Wake Forest game on Wednesday. Comcast Mid-Atlantic, Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Florida will broadcast the UVa-Miami contest. The Virginia-North Carolina matchup will be shown live on Comcast Mid-Atlantic, Fox Sports South, SunSports and NESN.
Locally, WINA 1070-AM will have radio coverage of all of Virginia’s tournament action. The radio broadcasts also will be streamed online at VirginiaSports.com (subscription service).
Virginia has won a pair of ACC tournament titles – both came at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, in 1996 and 2009.
Tyler Wilson (Sr., Midlothian, Va.) will earn the start on the mound for the Cavaliers against Wake Forest. Will Roberts (Jr., Richmond, Va.) will get the starting nod against Miami, while Danny Hultzen (Jr., Bethesda, Md.) is slated to start Saturday for the second straight week against UNC.
Virginia is the tournament’s No. 1 seed for the third time (1985, 2010, 2011); UVa now has played in each of the 38 ACC tournaments. In the last tournament at DBAP, the Cavaliers won four games in four days to claim the crown, defeating Clemson, UNC, Duke and Florida State. UVa was the lowest seed ever to win the title (No. 6).
Virginia is 45-63 all-time at the ACC Baseball Championship. Under head coach Brian O’Connor (since 2004), Virginia is 14-9 in the tournament.
Virginia finished the regular season with nine ACC series wins. By winning all but one of its league series this season, Virginia joined elite company nationally. Among the five major baseball conferences (ACC, Big XII, C-USA, Pac-10, SEC), only four teams suffered just one series loss – Oregon State (Pac-10), South Carolina (SEC), Texas (Big XII) and Virginia. UVa is the first ACC team to win nine league series in back-to-back seasons.
Seven Cavaliers were named to the All-ACC team on Monday, the most all-conference honorees of any schools in the league. It also tied the UVa record for All-ACC honorees, matching the 2010 team’s standard. For the second-consecutive season, Hultzen was tabbed the ACC Pitcher of the Year and O’Connor was named the ACC Coach of the Year.