CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – In the midst of a 13-game stint at home, Virginia (4-3) will host William & Mary (4-1) on Tuesday (Feb. 26) at Disharoon Park. The matchup will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra.
GAME COVERAGE: 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
Tuesday’s game will be the first of a season-long series of $2 Tuesdays in which a designated item at the concession stand will be sold for just $2. Against William & Mary, fans can purchase a hot dog for $2 while supplies last.
Probable Pitching Matchup
William & Mary: RHP Jacob Haney (0-0, 4.15 ERA, 4.1 IP, 2 BB, 4 SO)
Virginia: RHP Evan Sperling (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 5.2 IP, 5 BB, 10 SO)
• Virginia comes into Tuesday’s matchup winners of four-straight games and own a 4-0 record at Disharoon Park.
• Virginia is 18-4 at home and 36-5 overall against non-conference opponents over the past two seasons.
• William & Mary and Virginia have met every season since 2007. The Cavaliers own a 77-30-2 advantage in the all-time series that was first played in 1902.
• Under Brian O’Connor, Virginia is 16-2 against William & Mary. One of the two losses came in the 2016 Charlottesville Regional.
Last Year’s Wild No-Hitter
• Six pitchers, including 2019 team members Grant Donahue and Riley Wilson, combined for an 11-inning no-hitter on Feb. 28, 2018 against William & Mary.
• It marked the first combined no-hitter in school history and was the sixth time the Cavaliers held an opponent hitless.
• The 11-inning no-hitter matched the longest in the NCAA since 2002.
• Virginia prevailed 4-3 and did not record an RBI in the contest.
• Of the 294 MLB no-hitters, an opponent has never scored more than two runs.
• Virginia took all three games from Villanova, its first three-game series sweep since 2017 (Pittsburgh, April 7-9). The doubleheader sweep on Friday was the first since taking two from East Carolina on Feb. 14, 2015.
• The Cavaliers came from behind in all three games and never trailed by more than a run.
• In each of the three games Virginia posted a five-run inning, including a five-spot in the eighth inning of game two.
• The meeting between Villanova and Virginia was the first since 1907, a 9-4 Wildcat victory.
• Over the weekend, Virginia hit the first three home runs of the season.
• Tanner Morris tied up game two with a solo shot in the eighth inning, igniting a five-run, game-winning rally.
• Cameron Simmons blasted a three-run shot in the fifth inning of game one, capping a five-run frame. An inning later Alex Tappen lined a solo homer off the facing of the bleachers in left field.
• Simmons has 14 career home runs to lead all active Cavaliers while Tappen is tied with Nate Eikhoff with five for second most.
• Junior transfer Logan Michaels has made most of his opportunities, hitting safely in all five games he’s appeared in. In the final two games against Villanova he went 5-for-7 with three runs scored.
• Freshman Zack Gelof currently leads the team in RBI with nine and racked up four hits and three stolen bases in the Villanova series. His four thefts are tied for the fifth-most in the ACC
• Reliever Paul Kosanovich was credited with his first win in a UVA uniform in the series finale. The junior transfer pitched two hitless innings facing only six batters.
• In the midweek win over VMI on Tuesday (2/19), freshman Zach Messinger pitched three shutout innings of relief with five strikeouts in his collegiate debut.
• Virginia has collected nine sacrifice flies in seven games, tied for the most in the country. Brendan Rivoli, Gelof and Jack Weiller each have to their credit.
• Tanner Morris is batting .407 in his first seven games this season, the eighth highest average in the ACC. He is one of eight players in the league with 11 or more hits.
• Rivoli and Gelof each have four doubles, one shy of the league mark.