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Feb. 19, 2015

No. 1 Virginia vs. Marist and La Salle
Date/Time Fri., Feb. 20, 2 p.m. | Sat., Feb. 21, 11 a.m. & 5 p.m. | Sun., Feb. 22, 11 a.m.
Location Charleston, S.C.
Radio WINA 1070-AM, (Game 1 Saturday only)
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Virginia Cavaliers (3-0)
Probable Starting Rotation
– Jr. LHP Nathan Kirby (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Sat. G1 – So. RHP Connor Jones (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Sat. G2 – TBA
Sun. – Jr. LHP Brandon Waddell (0-0, 4.50 ERA)

Marist Red Foxes (0-0)
Probable Starting Rotation
– Sr. RHP Evan Davis (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Sat. – Sr. LHP Rich Vrana (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Sun. – TBA

La Salle Explorers (2-1)
Probable Starting Pitcher
– Sr. LHP Freddy Andujar (0-0, 5.40 ERA)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia baseball team travels to Charleston, S.C., this weekend for four neutral-site games at four different sites. Ranked as high as No. 1 nationally, the Cavaliers (3-0) were forced to move their regularly scheduled weekend series against Marist (0-0) because of inclement weather in Charlottesville. UVa also added a game against La Salle (2-1), which already was scheduled to play a three-game series at Charleston Southern this weekend.

The new weekend schedule:
Friday (Feb. 20), 2 p.m. vs. Marist (at Bishop England High School)
Saturday (Feb. 21), 11 a.m. vs. LaSalle (at CSU Ballpark, Charleston Southern)
Saturday (Feb. 21), 5 p.m. vs. Marist (at Patriots Point, College of Charleston)
Sunday (Feb. 22), 11 a.m. vs. Marist (at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, Charleston RiverDogs)

Broadcast Information
A live audio broadcast will be available for all four games on through a Cavaliers Live subscription. WINA 1070-AM and will carry the live radio broadcast of the Virginia-La Salle game on Saturday.

Live statistics (GameTracker) also will be located on The audio and live stats also can be accessed through the Virginia Sports app, which is available through iTunes.

Bishop England High School

Free admission

Charleston Southern
$6 for adults, $3 for children (18 and under)

College of Charleston
$6 for adults, $3 for children (18 and under)

Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park
$6 for adults, $3 for children (18 and under)

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Virginia in the Latest National Rankings
USA Today Coaches, Perfect Game – 2
Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball – 3
Baseball America – 4

Virginia vs. Weekend Foes
Virginia leads its series with Marist, 5-0, and is meeting La Salle for the first time. UVa and Marist last played in a two-game midweek series March 13 and 14, 2012, at the Cavaliers’ Davenport Field. Virginia won by counts of 8-5 and 10-2. Then a freshman, Thomas Woodruff was the lone current Cavalier to play in that series. He had a pinch-hit RBI single in the second game.

Virginia Moves Series to Charleston
UVa is playing for the first time at Charleston Southern. The Cavaliers are playing on the campus of College of Charleston for the first time since taking part in the 2006 Charleston Challenge, where UVa went 2-1; the defeat was a 17-inning, 7-6 contest to CofC, marking the longest game by innings in program history.

UVa is playing at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park for the first time since 2002 when it competed in the Berkeley Electric Cooperative Challenge, picking up wins over ODU and The Citadel and suffering a loss to Western Carolina.

Rookies Step Up in Opening Weekend of Play
Virginia played five freshmen in the field during the opening weekend of play, with Ernie Clement (CF), Adam Haseley (RF), Justin Novak (2B) and Pavin Smith (1B/DH) starting all three games. The quartet, along with Charlie Cody, went 14-for-54 (.259) in the opening weekend. In the field, they did not record an error.

It matched the most freshmen in a UVa opening-day lineup since 2008 when four first-years started vs. Lehigh (Phil Gosselin at DH, John Barr in LF, Jarrett Parker in CF, David Coleman in RF). Cody was 3-for-3 in his first start in the early game of the Saturday DH. UVa started five freshmen in the first game Saturday, including all three outfield positions.

Pitching Doesn’t Disappoint at ECU
Virginia’s pitching staff was strong in the first weekend, totaling a 1.33 ERA over the course of the East Carolina series. In recording three wins, UVa pitchers allowed just five runs (four earned), 17 hits and eight walks while limiting ECU batters to a .181 batting average. The Cavaliers surrendered just five extra-base hits – all doubles.

Noting Marist
The Red Foxes are opening their season this weekend. Marist comes off a 17-32 season, including a 10-14 record in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Red Foxes were picked eighth in the preseason MAAC Coaches Poll.

Marist returns its top two hitters from 2014. Senior Steve Laurino batted .299 with 50 hits, 27 RBI and 29 runs while playing in all 49 games last season. Graham McIntire hit .278 with a team-high 13 doubles and 11 stolen bases. MAAC Co-Relief Pitcher of the Year sophomore Ryan Thomas led the team a season ago with a 3.82 ERA and seven saves. He appeared in a team-high 24 games, pitching 30.2 innings while giving up just 26 hits and 13 runs.

Noting La Salle
La Salle won two of three games in its season-opening series at Stetson last weekend. Justin Korenblatt and Josh Savakinus had six hits to lead the offense, while the Explorers’ pitching staff limited Stetson to a .207 batting average in the series.

Coming off a 14-34-1 season, La Salle was selected 10th in the preseason Atlantic 10 poll. Korenblatt led the team in batting (.372), extra-base hits (20), RBI (34), on base percentage (.438) and stolen bases (9) last season.

Up Next
Virginia is scheduled to return home to Davenport Field on Tuesday to play George Washington in a 3 p.m. game.

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