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April 7, 2015

 Virginia vs. Virginia Tech
 Date/Time  Wednesday, April 8 | 5 p.m. 
 Location  Charlottesville, Va. | The Park
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.–The Virginia softball team continues a 12-game home stand Wednesday (April 8) when it hosts in-state rival Virginia Tech for a doubleheader starting at 5 p.m. at The Park.

Admission to all Virginia softball home games is free of charge. Live statistics for both games will be available at VirginiaSports.com.

Wednesday will be Military Appreciation Day at The Park and the first 25 active or retired military in attendance will receive free meals from the Mouth Wide Open Food Truck, courtesy of Virginia Athletics. The doubleheader will also be an Orange Passport night in conjunction with the Hoo Crew. The first 25 students will receive a voucher for free sliders and a drink.

The two games between the Cavaliers (11-30) and the Hokies (28-9) will be non-conference contests as the two teams were not scheduled against each other in this year’s ACC softball schedule.

Virginia has won four of its last five games after going 2-1 against Boston College last weekend (April 3-4) at The Park. The Eagles claimed the first game 9-7, but the Cavaliers came back to win the second and third matchups, 3-1 and 7-4, respectively.

UVa broke its team single-season home run record over the weekend and now has 42 long balls through 41 games, breaking the previous record of 40, set in 2009. Freshman Danni Ingraham (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) leads the team with seven home runs, while fellow first-year Allison Davis (Oak Hill, Va.) has six. Seven Cavaliers have tallied four or more home runs.

Virginia Tech swept Louisville last weekend in Blacksburg, Va. Kylie McGoldrick leads the Hokies with a .370 batting average, while Kelsey Mericka paces the team with 12 home runs. Kelly Heinz is 10-1 with a 1.93 ERA in the circle.

The Hokies lead the all-time series, 31-20, after sweeping a three-game series last year in Blacksburg.

The doubleheader is part of the Commonwealth Clash between Virginia and Virginia Tech. The Commonwealth Clash presented by Virginia529 is a head-to-head, points-based competition between the athletic teams at University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. The Commonwealth Clash encourages a friendly, statewide rivalry between the two schools across all school-sponsored sports with 21 individual event points on the line. Fans are also encouraged to support their team through a fan-based point. The school that accumulates 11.5 points or more will be crowned the winner and take home the Virginia529 Commonwealth Clash trophy. Visit www.TheCommonwealthClash.com for more information and updated standings. UVa currently holds an 8.5-6.5 lead in the Commonwealth Clash; the winning school in each game receives a half point.

Next up, the Cavaliers host NC State in a three-game series April 11-12. Saturday’s doubleheader is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start, while Sunday’s game is slated for a noon start.

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