Baseball Plays Host to Monmouth This Weekend
Virginia Cavaliers (2-1-1)
Probable Starting Rotation
Fri. – RHP Branden Kline (0-1, 2.25 ERA)
Sat. – LHP Scott Silverstein (0-0, 1.80 ERA)
Sun. – RHP Whit Mayberry (1-0, 3.00 ERA)
Monmouth Hawks (3-0)
Probable Starting Rotation
Fri. – RHP Pat Light (1-0, 1.29 ERA)
Sat. – LHP Dan Smith (1-0, 1.50 ERA)
Sun. – Starter TBA
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia baseball team will play Monmouth this weekend in a three-game series at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers (2-1-1) and Hawks (3-0) will play for the first time ever at 3 p.m. Friday, followed by 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday games.
Live GameTracker links will be available throughout the weekend at VirginiaSports.com. Audio broadcasts for the Friday and Sunday games also will be available at VirginiaSports.com (subscription required).
Gates open two hours prior to each game. Parking will be available for the Friday game in the University Hall lots.
For the Saturday game, fans should be aware of the following parking scenario because of multiple events in the area. Parking at the Emmet/Ivy Garage will be free until 2:30 p.m. Vehicles arriving starting at 2:30 p.m. will be charged the normal fee of $5 (cash) for men’s basketball games.
Parking in the University Hall lots is free for men’s lacrosse and baseball patrons Saturday, but all lots must be vacated by 2:30 p.m. when only vehicles displaying Basketball Parking permits will be allowed in these lots. Any vehicle in the lots after 2:30 p.m. without the proper permit will be subject to ticketing and towing. Fans with the appropriate men’s basketball parking permit can use these lots as early as 10 a.m.
Friday is a TGIF Student Friday; the first 50 UVa students to pass through the gates will receive a free hot dog and soda coupon. Saturday, the first 200 fans in attendance will receive a free schedule magnet.
Virginia enters the weekend following a 6-5, 11-inning comeback win Wednesday over William and Mary. UVa fell behind 4-0 in the eighth inning and 5-4 in the 11th, but rallied for the win. The Cavaliers have trailed in the seventh inning in all four of their games this year.
The 4-hour, 17-minute marathon Wednesday was marked by missed chances on both sides. William & Mary left 19 runners on base and at least one runner in all but one inning. UVa left 11 runners stranded.
Mike Papi (Fr., Tunkhannock, Pa.) hit a two-run walk-off single to lift UVa to the win. Jared King (Sr., Radford, Va.) went 3-for-5 in the win and had a key bases-clearing double in the eighth inning to pull the Cavaliers to within a run.
King has been hot early this year with a team-best .471 batting average (8-for-17). He also leads the team with eight runs batted in. Reed Gragnani (Jr., Richmond, Va.) is batting .417, while Stephen Bruno (Jr., Audubon, N.J.) stands at .357. UVa is hitting .264 as a team and owns a 2.19 team ERA through four games. Eight of the 17 runs the Cavaliers have allowed this year have been unearned.
Off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 1994, Monmouth swept through three games while scoring 31 runs in Cary, N.C., last weekend. The preseason Northeast Conference favorites, the Hawks defeated Wright State (10-2), Saint Joseph’s (7-1) and Youngstown State (14-2). Josh Boyd leads the team with a .429 average, while Owen Stewart and Jake Gronsky each own six RBI. The Hawks hit .330 last weekend.
Their pitching was stout as well; all three starters recorded wins while the staff allowed just five runs (1.67 ERA).
Virginia and Monmouth will be meeting for the first time in baseball. UVa has a 6-2 record against current members of the NEC.
UVa continues its homestand at 3 p.m. Tuesday when Liberty comes to Davenport Field.