Virginia Plays Host to East Carolina in Three-Game Series
Feb. 25, 2016
|East Carolina at No. 4 Virginia|
|Date/Time||Fri., Feb. 26, 3 p.m. | Sat., Feb. 27, 1 p.m. | Sun., Feb. 28, 1 p.m.|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | Davenport Field|
|Live Video/Audio ($)||Friday (Video) | Saturday (Audio) | Sunday (Audio)|
|Radio||WINA 1070-AM and 98.9 FM (Saturday)|
|Social Media||UVA Game Notes | Twitter: @UVABaseball | O’Connor Twitter | Facebook | Instagram|
EAST CAROLINA PIRATES (4-0)
Probable Starting Rotation
Fri. – Jr. LHP Evan Kruczynski (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Sat. – Jr. LHP Jacob Wolfe (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Sun. – Sr. RHP Jimmy Boyd (1-0, 3.60 ERA)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The Virginia baseball team takes on East Carolina in a three-game series Friday through Sunday at Davenport Field. Ranked fourth nationally by Baseball America, the Cavaliers are set to battle the Pirates in games at 3 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
A video broadcast is available Friday and audio broadcasts are available Saturday and Sunday, all through a Cavaliers Live subscription on VirginiaSports.com. In the Charlottesville area, WINA 1070-AM and 98.9 FM will have the radio broadcast of Saturday game.
Links to live statistics for all three games also can be found on VirginiaSports.com.
Cavaliers in the Rankings
4 — Baseball America, 7 — USA Today/ESPN, 8 — NCBWA, 11 — D1Baseball
Tickets can be ordered in person at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium, by phone at (800) 542-8821 and online at VirginiaSports.com. Tickets are also available on game day at the Davenport Field ticket windows, subject to availability, beginning 1 hour prior to the game.
Parking is available in the University Hall, John Paul Jones Arena and McCue Center lots as well as the Emmet-Ivy Garage. Please note that on Saturday, all vehicles must vacate the University Hall, JPJ and McCue lots by 4:30 p.m. in preparation for the men’s basketball game.
Things to Know
Â• Virginia’s freshmen have accounted for 39 percent of UVA’s hits this year (22 of 56).
Â• Opponents have yet to attempt a stolen base this season.
Â• Catcher Matt Thaiss has picked off two runners in three games this year.
Â• Thaiss is batting .471 career against ECU (8-for-17, 2 HR, 5 RBI).
Â• UVA averaged 3,644 fans per game last year (second best in program history to 2014).
Virginia-East Carolina Series
Virginia holds a 31-18 lead in the all-time series with East Carolina and has won 13 of the programs’ 15 meetings since 2010. UVA has won its last nine games against ECU, dating to a 4-3 loss on Feb. 27, 2011, in Charlottesville.
The Cavaliers swept ECU in Greenville last season (3-1, 9-2, 4-2). Virginia’s pitching was strong in the 2015 series, allowing just 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 the Opening Weekend
Virginia opened its season by going 2-1 at the Caravelle Resort Tournament. UVA’s starting rotation of Connor Jones, Daniel Lynch and Tommy Doyle was sensational, allowing two earned runs over 18 innings. Ernie Clement recorded an ACC-high eight hits over the season’s opening weekend, going 8-for-15 (.533). Pavin Smith also was hot, going 7-for-11 (.636), while Matt Thaiss went 6-for-13 (.462). UVA’s defense also was stellar as the Cavaliers did not commit an error in any of the three contests.
Noting East Carolina
East Carolina is off to a 4-0 start after a three-game weekend series sweep of Longwood followed by a Tuesday win over North Carolina A&T. It marks the Pirates’ first 4-0 start since 2012. Coming off a 40-22 season and an NCAA tournament berth in 2015, the Pirates have a pair of weekend starting pitchers back in left-handed juniors Evan Kruczynski and Jacob Wolfe. ECU is batting .384 through four games.
Virginia continues its 10-game homestand on Tuesday (March 1) with a 3 p.m. game against William & Mary.