No. 21 Virginia Travels to ODU for Tuesday Matinee
April 25, 2016
|No. 21 Virginia at Old Dominion|
|Date/Time||Tue., April 26, Noon|
|Location||Norfolk, Va. | Harbor Park|
|Multimedia||Live Audio ($) | Live Statistics|
|Social Media||Twitter: @UVABaseball | O’Connor Twitter | Facebook | Instagram|
VIRGINIA CAVALIERS (26-17, 11-10 ACC)
Probable Starting Pitcher
So. LHP Bennett Sousa (3-0, 7.08 ERA
OLD DOMINION MONARCHS (25-15, 8-10 C-USA)
Probable Starting Pitcher
Jr. LHP Joey Benitez (1-0, 4.34 ERA)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The No. 21 Virginia baseball team heads to Norfolk on Tuesday for a noon contest against Old Dominion. The game will be played at Harbor Park, home of the Norfolk Tides, the triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.
A live audio broadcast can be accessed on VirginiaSports.com via a Cavaliers Live subscription. A link to live statistics also can be found on VirginiaSports.com.
Things to Know
Â• Virginia continues an eight-game road trip, its longest regular-season swing since 1999.
Â• UVA has four Virginia Beach-area natives on its roster (Charlie Cody, Connor Eason, Connor Jones, Evan Sperling).
Â• UVA is No. 29 in the latest RPI (ODU is No. 56), with ACC series remaining vs. No. 33 Pitt and No. 22 Georgia Tech.
Â• Over the last 10 games, Daniel Pinero is batting .379 (11-29, 7 RBI) and Nate Eikhoff is hitting .370 (10-27, 9 RBI).
Â• Ernie Clement has reached base in 14 straight games.
Old Dominion leads the series with UVA, 33-26-2, and has won four straight games against the Cavaliers. ODU rallied to defeat UVA, 5-4, on March 30 in Charlottesville.
The Monarchs have won back-to-back games over Virginia at Harbor Park, 14-5 in 2014 and 3-1 last year. UVA’s last win in Norfolk was May 16, 2006, an 11-10 victory on ODU’s campus.
Virginia Against In-State Rivals
UVA is 5-3 this season against in-state opponents. Since 2004, the Cavaliers have a 116-27-1 record against in-state foes. Including Tuesday, UVA has five games remaining against Virginia opponents, including a three-game series with Virginia Tech to close the regular season.
Noting the Miami Series
Â• Virginia won its seventh straight series against the Hurricanes, matching UVA’s longest current streak against an ACC opponent (Clemson).
Â• Miami led in only four innings in the series (sixth through ninth Saturday).
Â• Twelve of Virginia’s 15 runs came with two outs.
Â• UVA got contributions up and down the lineup, while its typical top four in the order (Haseley, Clement, Thaiss, Smith) went 8-for-47 (.170).
Â• Justin Novak (4-9) and Daniel Pinero (4-10) led UVA in hits.
Â• UVA’s starting rotation allowed five earned runs in 20 innings in three straight quality starts.
Noting Old Dominion
ODU dropped two of three games over the weekend in a Conference USA series at Louisiana Tech. Connor Myers leads the team in batting at .329; he had two hits in ODU’s win against UVA earlier this season. The Monarchs are batting .255 as a team. ODU is fielding at a .969 clip and owns a 4.56 team ERA.
Virginia continues its road trip Saturday and Sunday at Pitt. The teams will play a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Saturday start time was changed today from the originally-scheduled 3 p.m. start. The series concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday.