Virginia Plays Host to Clemson This Weekend
VIRGINIA CAVALIERS (12-8-1, 2-4)
Probable Starting Rotation
Fri. – LHP Scott Silverstein (1-2, 2.22 ERA)
Sat. – RHP Branden Kline (3-2, 3.69 ERA)
Sun. – RHP Artie Lewicki (0-1, 4.95 ERA)
CLEMSON TIGERS (11-8, 3-3)
Probable Starting Rotation
Fri. – RHP Kevin Brady (1-1, 2.89 ERA)
Sat. – RHP Dominic Leone (3-1, 5.09 ERA)
Sun. – RHP Kevin Pohle (3-0, 1.09 ERA)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia baseball team will entertain Clemson this weekend in a three-game series at Davenport Field. The series begins at 6 p.m. Friday and continues with 1 p.m. games on Saturday and Sunday.
Video of all three games will be streamed online at VirginiaSports.com through Cavaliers Live (subscription required).
WINA 1070-AM will broadcast the Friday game in the Charlottesville area, while WVAX 1450-AM will have the local radio broadcast of the Saturday game. WINA also will broadcast the Sunday game if the UVa women’s basketball team is no longer participating in the WNIT; otherwise the game only will be streamed online at VirginiaSports.com.
On Friday free parking for baseball will be limited to the Cage Lot (next to Onesty Hall) and the Emmet/Ivy and Culbreth garages. The University Hall and John Paul Jones Arena lots will be cash parking for the concert at JPJA that evening.
On Saturday, free public parking for baseball, men’s lacrosse and track & field will be available in the University Hall, JPJA and McCue parking lots as well as the Emmett/Ivy Garage. With capacity crowds expected for the baseball and men’s lacrosse games, fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance and arrive early.
Tickets can be purchased at any time online at Virginiasports.com, in person at the main Virginia Athletics Ticket Office located in Bryant Hall (Scott Stadium) between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, or by phone by calling 800-524-8821 between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.
Tickets may also be purchased online at VirginiaSports.com up until three hours prior to each game or in person starting two hours prior to gametime from the Klöckner/Davenport Ticket Office. Gates will open for baseball two hours prior to each contest.
Virginia baseball General Admission seats are $8 for adults and $6 for youth (18 and under), seniors (60 and over) and UVa faculty/staff (limit two with valid university ID). Tickets for groups (20+) are $5 each for Friday through Sunday games.
Virginia (12-8-1, 2-4 ACC) scored eight runs in the third inning in cruising to a 12-3 win over VMI Wednesday at Davenport Field. Chris Taylor went 4-for-4 with three doubles to highlight a 16-hit outing for the Virginia offense. Mike Papi (Fr., Tunkhannock, Pa.) went 3-for-3, while Jared King (Sr., Radford, Va.) was 2-for-2 and drove in three runs for Virginia.
King tops the team with a .387 batting average, which is eighth in the conference. Reed Gragnani (Jr., Richmond, Va.) is tied for 10th with a .373 average.
Virginia currently leads the ACC in batting with a .316 average; Clemson stands 10th in the league with a .274 batting average. The teams have similar earned run averages – Clemson at 3.38 (sixth in ACC) and UVa at 3.43 (seventh). Both teams own a .969 fielding percentage.
Winners of five straight games, Clemson (11-8, 3-3) swept a two-game midweek series from Elon this week. The Tigers swept Boston College last weekend in ACC play. Steve Wilkerson leads the Tigers with a .394 batting average, which ranks sixth in the ACC. Richie Shaffer is hitting .358.
Clemson has dominated the all-time series and owns a 102-44 edge against Virginia, but the Cavaliers have been strong against the Tigers since the current coaching staff started in 2004. Since that time, Virginia has won 17 of its 21 games against Clemson.
Last year UVa swept Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, marking the Cavaliers’ first-ever series sweep at Clemson. Virginia won two of three games in the Tigers’ last series in Charlottesville in 2010.
UVa next plays at 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in a two-game midweek series with Towson.