CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia softball (16-22, 5-10 ACC) caps an eight-game road trip with a weekend series at No. 22 Virginia Tech (34-6, 13-2 ACC) as part of the Commonwealth Clash presented by Virginia529.
The series opener is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday (April 12) at Tech Softball Park in Blacksburg.
All three games will air on ACC Network Extra, available to authenticated subscribers on the ESPN app and WatchESPN. A link to the broadcasts and live stats is available on VirginiaSports.com.
THE COMMONWEALTH CLASH
The Commonwealth Clash presented by Virginia529 is a head-to-head, points-based competition between the athletic teams Virginia and Virginia Tech. The Commonwealth Clash encourages a friendly, statewide rivalry between the two schools across all school-sponsored sports with 22 individual event points on the line. The school that accumulates 11.5 points or more will be crowned the winner and take home the Commonwealth Clash trophy presented by Virginia529. Visit TheCommonwealthClash.com for more information and current standings.
Virginia Tech currently holds a 7.5-6.5 lead in the Commonwealth Clash.
IN A SLUMP
• Mired in a 10-game losing streak, the Cavaliers have struggled at the plate.
• Virginia was shutout in four-consecutive games during the slide before breaking into the run column against Longwood on Tuesday.
• The Cavaliers were held to just six hits all weekend at UNC.
• During the current losing streak, the Cavaliers have hit just .185 as a team with 15 runs scored.
BATS BREAK OUT?
• Despite the loss at Longwood, a silver lining came in the sixth inning when the Hoos hung five runs on the board.
• After 27-consecutive innings without a run, the Cavaliers had five hits in the frame to score five times.
• The five-run frame saw Virginia score as many runs as in the previous seven games combined.
• Virginia’s nine hits in the game matched its output for the previous four games combined.
VERSUS VIRGINIA TECH
• Virginia and Virginia Tech meet for the 63rd time on Friday.
• The Hokies lead the series 40-22.
• VT has captured the last four meetings and 8-of-10 in the series.
• The Cavaliers’ last three wins in the series have all followed four-consecutive losses.
• Virginia is looking for its first series win against the Hokies since 2011.
Virginia returns home to The Park to host Liberty on Tuesday (April 16) in midweek action.