No. 13 Virginia Travels to Liberty Tuesday
May 2, 2016
|No. 13 Virginia at Liberty|
|Date/Time||Tue., May 3, 7 p.m.|
|Location||Lynchburg, Va. | Liberty Baseball Stadium|
|Radio||WINA 1070-AM and 98.9-FM|
|Multimedia||ESPN3 | Live Audio ($) | Live Stats|
|Social Media||Twitter: @UVABaseball | O’Connor Twitter | Facebook | Instagram|
VIRGINIA CAVALIERS (30-17, 14-10 ACC)
Probable Starting Pitcher
Fr. LHP Daniel Lynch (1-3, 5.50 ERA)
LIBERTY FLAMES (22-22, 7-8 BIG SOUTH)
Probable Starting Pitcher
Jr. RHP Zander Clouse (3-1, 3.62 ERA)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The No. 13 Virginia baseball team wraps up its eight-game road trip at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Liberty at Liberty Baseball Stadium in Lynchburg.
ESPN3 will carry a live video broadcast. A live audio broadcast can be accessed on VirginiaSports.com via a Cavaliers Live subscription. WINA 1070-AM and 98.9-FM are carrying the radio broadcast.
A link to live statistics also can be found on VirginiaSports.com.
Things to Know
Â• Virginia is No. 24 in the NCAA’s latest RPI figures.
Â• UVA is 4-2 on FieldTurf this year.
Â• Ernie Clement has reached base in 18 straight games.
Â• UVA has not allowed a stolen base in its last 10 games (only one attempt).
Â• UVA ends the year with seven straight home games, its longest stretch of home games to conclude the regular season since 2008.
Â• UVA is honoring late bus driver Bernard Martin with a patch on its hats for the rest of the season.
Virginia leads the all time series, 34-20-1, and has won 13 of its last 14 games against the Flames, including five straight. UVA beat Liberty twice last year, winning 10-7 in Lynchburg and 5-2 in Charlottesville.
Liberty last defeated the Cavaliers on Feb. 28, 2012, in Charlottesville. UVA head coach Brian O’Connor is 10-1 against Liberty.
Virginia Against In-State Rivals
UVA is 6-3 this season against in-state opponents. Since 2004, the Cavaliers have a 117-27-1 record against in-state foes. Five of UVA’s last eight regular-season games will come against Virginia opponents.
Life on the Road
Virginia concludes an eight-game road trip Tuesday. It is UVA’s longest stretch of regular-season true road games since 1999. UVA is 6-1 in the trip, including series wins at then-No. 1 Miami and Pitt.
The Cavaliers are 10-8 in true road games this year. This marks UVA’s final road game of the regular season.
Noting the Pitt Series
Â• Virginia captured its third straight ACC series, including its first sweep of the year. UVA won three of its five ACC road series this season.
Â• Ernie Clement (6-14), Daniel Pinero (5-12) and Matt Thaiss (4-12) were UVA’s top hitters as the Cavaliers hit .297 in the series.
Â• UVA got fantastic starts from Connor Jones (CG) and Adam Haseley (8 IP) in Game 1 and 3, respectively.
Â• After squandering an early 5-0 lead in Game 2 Saturday, UVA rallied with two outs in the ninth inning on Justin Novak’s two-run double.
Noting the Win Streak
Â• Virginia has won five straight games, its longest win streak of the season.
Â• Daniel Pinero is batting .400 (8-20), while Pavin Smith has a pair of homers and seven RBI.
Â• UVA is batting .320 as a team, while opponents are hitting just .225.
Â• UVA has committed only three errors in that span (.985 fielding pct.).
Â• The start of the streak coincides with Ernie Clement’s move to the leadoff spot in the batting order. He is batting .364 (8-22) in that stretch.
Liberty has not played since April 27 when it won 10-7 at William & Mary. D.J. Artis leads the team in batting (.384) and stolen bases (21-23). Dalton Britt is batting .316, while Will Shepherd owns a .310 average and is tied with Andrew Yacyk for the team lead in home runs with six. Liberty is batting .283 as a team. The Flames own a 4.95 team ERA as well as a .970 fielding percentage.
UVA will have nine days off for final exams before returning to action May 13-15 at home against No. 22 Georgia Tech.