CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia (1-3) will continue its 13-game home stand on Friday (Feb. 22) when it begins a three-game series against Villanova (0-3) at Disharoon Park. Due to inclement weather in the forecast on Saturday, the two teams will play a doubleheader on Friday (Feb. 22) beginning at 1 p.m. The series finale wil take place on Sunday (Feb. 24) at 1 p.m. as originally scheduled.
GAME COVERAGE: All three contests will air on ACC Network Extra, available to authenticated subscribers of ESPN3 through WatchESPN and the ESPN app. Links every broadcast and live stats to each baseball game are available on VirginiaSports.com. Fans can also get in-game updates on the baseball the baseball official twitter page (@UVABaseball)
TICKETS AVAILABLE : Fans can purchase tickets at a discounted rate in advance by going online to VirginiaSports.com/Tickets. For all regular season home games, available reserved single-game tickets can be purchased in advance for $8 online or via mobile devices. Tickets are $10 at the sport-specific ticket office on game day. General admission single-game tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the sport-specific ticket office locations on game day.
Clear Bag Policy Consistent with policies that took effect last season, fans attending games at Disharoon Park in 2019 must adhere to the department’s clear bag policy and entrance procedures. Details of the of the policy can be found here: http://www.virginiasports.com/facilities/clear_bag_Davenport_Klockner.html
• Must vacate JPJ surface lot and garage by 4pm
• Must vacate UHall and McCue lots by 5:30pm
• EIG will be available for baseball parking with no vacate time
• Must vacate JPJ surface lot and garage by 12pm
• UHall and McCue lots are available free parking for baseball fans all day first come, first served
Probable Pitching Matchup
Villanova: RHP Jonathan Rosero (0-1, 9.00 ERA, 4.0 IP, 8 BB, 3 SO)
Virginia: RHP Griff McGarry (0-1, 15.00 ERA, 3.0 IP, 4 BB, 3 SO)
Villanova: RHP Jimmy Kingsbury (0-1, 9.64 ERA, 4.2 IP, 4 BB, 3 SO)
Virginia: RHP Noah Murdock (0-0, 4.50 ERA, 6.0 IP, 1 BB, 5 SO)
Villanova: RHP Gordon Graceffo (0-1, 4.50 ERA, 4.0, IP 3 BB, 1 SO)
Virginia: RHP Mike Vasil (0-1, 12.27 ERA, 3.2 IP, 4 BB, 3 SO)
• This weekend’s series will mark the first meeting against Villanova since 1907. The Wildcats are 2-1 all-time vs. Virginia, winning matchups in 1904 (13-5) and 1907 (9-4)
• Villanova will be the first of two Big East opponents on the 2019 schedule. The Cavaliers will host Seton Hall next weekend (March 1-3). Brian O’Connor is 8-2 against current member of the Big East (4-1 vs. St. John’s & 4-1 vs. Georgetown).
• Current Virginia assistant coach/first base coach Matt Kirby served as an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator for Villanova during the 2007 & 2008 seasons.
• Virginia went 14-4 at home against non-conference opponents in 2018 and is 33-5 against non-conference foes over the last two seasons.
• The Cavaliers posted their first win of 2019 with a 9-0 shutout of VMI on Tuesday (Feb. 19) at Disharoon Park.
• Virginia scored four runs in the in the first inning and five more in the fifth. Nate Eikhoff had a bases clearing, two-out double to highlight the first inning rally. A two-run double by Tanner Morris followed by RBI doubles from Alex Tappen and Brendan Rivoli help blow the game open.
• Virginia pitchers Evan Sperling, Zach Messinger, Blake Bales and Chesdin Harrington combined for 15 strikeouts in a 2-hit shutout.
Early Season Success
• Shortstop Tanner Morris collected his seventh hit in four games (T-4th most in ACC) in a 1-for-3 effort against VMI on Tuesday. The sophomore is batting .438 (10th highest in ACC) with two doubles and 4 RBI
• Classmate Brendan Rivoli added two more RBI to his total on Tuesday and now has five on the year, tied with Zack Gelof for the most on the team.
Offensive Production Behind the Plate
• Cameron Comer and Logan Michaels have each started two games early on this season. Michaels, who got the nod on Tuesday vs. VMI, is 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI.
• Senior Cameron Comer has one hit but has reached base a total of seven times in two games. He walked three times in games against Vanderbilt and Cal State Fullerton.
• Combined, Michaels and Comer have an on-base percentage of .813
Young Cavaliers Contribute
• Zach Messinger made his collegiate debut on Tuesday vs. VMI, pitching three innings of scoreless relief. The freshman right-hander fanned five batters and is one of four Virginia bullpen arms (Riley Wilson, Grant Donahue & Kyle Whitten) yet to concede a run this season
• In his first collegiate at bat, freshman Zack Gelof doubled to lead off the bottom of the first inning against Vanderbilt. He went on to match a school record with three doubles in the game as part of a 4-for-5, two-run, four-RBI debut.
• The freshman duo of Jack Dragum and Nic Kent have split the starting role at second base through the first four games. Both are seeking their first collegiate hits this weekend.