No. 19 Cavaliers Wrap Up Regular Season at Maryland
VIRGINIA CAVALIERS (34-15-1, 16-11)
Probable Starting Rotation
Thu. – RHP Branden Kline (6-3, 3.96 ERA)
Fri. – LHP Scott Silverstein (2-4, 3.86 ERA)
Sat. – RHP Artie Lewicki (3-2, 4.10 ERA)
MARYLAND TERRAPINS (31-22, 9-18)
Probable Starting Rotation
Thu. – RHP Brett Harman (6-3, 2.72 ERA)
Fri. – TBA
Sat. – TBA
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 19 Virginia baseball team finishes up regular-season play Thursday through Saturday when it travels to Maryland for a three-game series at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium in College Park, Md. The teams will play at 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, with the finale slated for 1 p.m. Saturday.
WINA 1070-AM will have the local radio broadcast for all three games. Live audio (subscription required), and live GameTracker links for the entire series are available at VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia (34-15-1, 16-11 ACC) won two of three games last weekend at home against Georgia Tech for the Cavaliers’ third straight ACC series win. Virginia has won six-consecutive road games, including five straight in ACC play. The Cavaliers already have clinched a spot in the 2012 ACC Baseball Championship, which is set for May 23-27 in Greensboro. Maryland (31-22, 9-18) stands two games behind Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech in the race for the final position in the conference tournament.
Reigning ACC Player of the Week Stephen Bruno (R-So., Audubon, N.J.) leads the team and ranks fifth in the ACC with a .365 batting average, including a conference-best .371 average in ACC games. Bruno owns six home runs and 47 RBI and ranks among the league leaders in RBI (third), hits (fourth, 72), total bases (sixth, 111), doubles (seventh, 17) and slugging percentage (ninth, .563).
Virginia continues to pace the ACC with a .300 team batting average. UVa is tied with Maryland and Clemson for first in the conference with a .973 fielding percentage. The Cavaliers stand fifth in the conference with a 3.31 team ERA.
Coming out of finals week, Maryland will play for the first time in eight days on Thursday. The Terrapins downed Penn State, 7-4, in a rain-shortened contest on May 9. Jordan Hagel leads the team with a .311 batting average, while Alfredo Rodriguez is hitting .299 with a team-best 33 RBI.
Maryland is batting .267 as a team (ninth in the ACC) and is tied for the ACC lead in fielding at .973. The Terrapins rank third in the conference with a 2.99 team ERA and own a league-best 10 shutouts.
Virginia owns a 105-76-1 lead in the all-time series with Maryland – it marks UVa’s most wins against any ACC opponent. UVa has posted a 23-1 record against Maryland under the current coaching staff (since 2004) – the only loss came April 4, 2009, at Davenport Field.
The Cavaliers picked up a three-game series sweep over Maryland last year in Charlottesville and has won seven-consecutive contests against the Terrapins.