Cavaliers Open Home Slate Wednesday vs. William and Mary
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia baseball team opens its 2012 home schedule at 3 p.m. Wednesday when it welcomes William and Mary to Davenport Field. Live audio and Gametracker links will be available at VirginiasSports.com.
Parking for the contest will be available in the University Hall lots. No parking will be available in the John Paul Jones Arena lots because of the Celtic Woman – Believe show Wednesday evening.
Because the game was moved from Tuesday to Wednesday after the Sunday snowfall, the $2 Tuesdays promotion still will be honored at the Wednesday game. $2 sodas and hot dogs will be available at the concessions stands.
RHP Joel Effertz (Jr., Ladysmith, Wis.) is slated to earn the starting nod on the mound for Virginia, while RHP Matt Davenport will start for the Tribe. Effertz made his UVa debut Saturday against Coastal Carolina out of the bullpen and fired a scoreless seventh inning.
Davenport Field has provided a tremendous home-field advantage for the Cavaliers over the last three seasons. UVa has gone 98-18 at home the last three years, including a 35-5 record in 2011.
Virginia went 1-1-1 last weekend at the Caravelle Resort Tournament to open the season. UVa jumped to a 3-0 lead in its opener against Boston College before the Eagles rallied with a 4-run fourth inning in a 5-3 victory over the Cavaliers. UVa bounced back to roll past host Coastal Carolina, 9-3, on Saturday. In the finale on Saturday evening, the Cavaliers played James Madison to a 4-4 tie in a game that was stopped after eight innings because of weather.
Jared King (Sr., Radford, Va.) led the team at the plate last weekend, going 5-for-12 (.417) with a triple, home run and five RBI. Stephen Bruno (Jr., Audubon, N.J.) was 4-for-10 (.400), while Reed Gragnani (Jr., Richmond, Va.) went 3-for-8 (.375) with a .615 on base percentage.
William & Mary played three-consecutive one-run games in its season-opening weekend at home against Rhode Island, with the Tribe winning two of three games. W&M was strong on the mound, allowing just six runs in the series.
Virginia is 68-29-2 all-time against William & Mary and has won four-straight matchups with the Tribe and nine of the last 10.
UVa returns home this weekend for a three-game series with Monmouth (3-0). The teams will play at 3 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.