No. 23 Virginia Plays George Washington at 6 p.m. Wednesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Ranked as high as 23rd nationally in the latest polls, the Virginia baseball team plays George Washington at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Davenport Field. Virginia has won 14-consecutive games on its home field.
WINA 1070-AM will have the local radio broadcast. The broadcast will be streamed online via Cavaliers Live at VirginiaSports.com (subscription required). Live statistics also will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia (22-10-1) finished off a three-game ACC series sweep of Wake Forest with an 11-2 victory Monday evening at Davenport Field. UVa won its 16th-consecutive ACC home series, dating to March 2009. The Cavaliers are 19-4 at home this season and own a 117-22 mark at Davenport Field since 2009.
Virginia RHP Barrett O’Neill (Fr., Ashland, Mass.) is slated to get the starting nod on the mound Wednesday, while GW will counter with RHP J.T. Wauford.
Stephen Bruno (Jr., Audubon, N.J.) had a team-high six hits in the Wake Forest series (6-for-11). He also knocked in four runs. Chris Taylor (Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.) recorded five hits and scored five times, while Colin Harrington (Jr., Johnstown, Pa.) posted four hits in the series.
The Virginia pitching was strong all weekend as the Cavaliers allowed just seven runs in the series. The UVa bullpen was particularly stout in the series, surrendering just one run in 12.1 innings.
UVa continues to lead the ACC in batting at .316. The Cavaliers are the lone ACC squad to currently surpass the .300 mark at the plate (Virginia Tech ranks second at .299). UVa leads the nation in triples with 27, and Derek Fisher (Fr., Rexmont, Pa.) is tied for the national lead with eight triples. The Cavaliers rank fourth nationally in on base percentage at .418.
Virginia also leads the ACC in fielding at .975. UVa stands sixth in the ACC in pitching with a 3.26 ERA.
Brett Bowers leads George Washington (12-19) with a .323 batting average, while Stephen Oswald is hitting .314 with a team-high 38 hits and 20 RBI. The Colonials are batting .261 as a team and fielding at a .963 clip. The Colonials own a 4.95 team ERA.
UVa owns an 18-12 edge in the all-time series with George Washington. The teams played a memorable game in 2011, as Will Roberts tossed the first perfect game in Virginia baseball history in a 2-0 UVa win. It was just the eighth nine-inning perfect game in Division I history. Virginia has won eight of the last nine games against GW.
Virginia continues its nine-game homestand this weekend when North Carolina comes to town in a matchup of the ACC’s two programs which reached the 2011 College World Series. The Tar Heels currently are ranked as high as eighth nationally and are tied with UVa in second place at 9-6 in the Coastal Division standings. The teams are slated to play at 6 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.