CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia (22-16, 8-10 ACC) will host Florida State (22-13, 10-8 ACC) in a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series beginning Thursday (April 18) at 6 p.m. at Disharoon Park. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at noon.
Game Coverage: All three games will air on ACC Network Extra, available to authenticated subscribers of ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. Games one and two can be heard locally in Charlottesville on WINA 1070 AM/98.9 FM and anywhere on WINA.com. Links to the video and audio broadcasts, as well as live stats are available on VirginiaSports.com. Fans can also get in-game updates by following Virginia Baseball’s official twitter feed (@UVABaseball).
Friday (April 19)
• “Angels in the Outfield Night” – will feature themed promotions around the movie’s 25th anniversary.
Saturday (April 20)
• Kids 12 and under can run the bases after the conclusion of the game and participate in an on-field autograph session with members of the Virginia baseball team (weather permitting). The fourth set of Virginia baseball trading cards will be available at the marketing table while supplies last.
• Ty Jerome, member of the 2019 Virginia National Champion men’s basketball team, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Probable Pitching Matchups
Thursday – 6 p.m.
Florida State: LHP Drew Parrish (4-3, 5.12 ERA, 45.2 IP, 15 BB, 59 SO)
Virginia: RHP Mike Vasil (1-3, 4.95 ERA, 40.0 IP, 14 BB, 29 SO)
Saturday – Noon
Florida State: RHP CJ Van Eyk (4-3, 4.47 ERA, 48.1 IP, 22 BB, 54 SO)
Virginia: RHP Noah Murdock (2-3, 4.99 ERA, 52.1 IP, 19 BB, 50 SO)
Saturday – 40 minutes after the conclusion of game one
Florida State: TBA
Virginia: RHP Griff McGarry (2-5, 4.09 ERA, 44.0 IP, 40 BB, 51 SO)
• Thursday will be the 85th meeting between Florida State and Virginia. The Seminoles lead the all-time series 55-29.
• Under head coach Brian O’Connor, the Cavaliers are 21-20 against Florida State with an 8-5 mark at Disharoon Park.
• Virginia enters the weekend two games out of second place in the Coastal Division with ACC series against North Carolina, Louisville and Virginia Tech remaining.
ACC Play This Season
• Virginia has won two of its six ACC series this season, defeating Pitt and Notre Dame while dropping series against Duke, Georgia Tech, NC State and Miami
• The Cavaliers won the opening game in the first four series of the year and have fallen in the last two (Notre Dame & Miami)
• Of the six series, four have come down to a rubber match in game three.
• Virginia and Florida State did not meet in the regular season but clashed in pool play of the 2018 ACC Tournament. The Seminoles effectively ended the Cavaliers’ season with a 3-2, 11-innning walk-off win in the opening game.
• Reese Albert was credited with a walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th that scored Drew Mendoza.
• The Cavaliers collected five hits in three innings against starting pitcher CJ Van Eyk, plating a pair of runs. The two teams went six innings without scoring before the walk-off.
• Florida State went on to win its second-straight ACC Tournament Championship.
First Year Success
• Freshman Nic Kent blasted his second home run of the season on Tuesday night against Radford. He finished the night, 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and a stolen base.
• Kent upped his season RBI total to 31, tops of the team. He has put together eight, multi-RBI games, also the most team.
• His 10 stolen bases are tied with classmate Zack Gelof for the club lead.
• Kent’s .331 batting average is the second highest on the club and ranks 14th highest in the ACC.
Morris Leading the Way
• Tanner Morris currently is tied with Jared Mang (New Mexico) for the national lead in doubles with 19.
• Morris is looking to become the 13th Cavalier to hit 20 doubles in a season and the first since Daniel Pinero in 2016. The school record for doubles is 23, set by Stephen Bruno (2013) and Dan Street (2002).
• Morris has reached base in 15-straight games going into the weekend. He started the season reaching safely in the first 15 games and has failed to reach only three times in 38 starts.
• The second year’s batting average (.344) leads the team and ranks is the seventh highest in the ACC.
• Since moving to the lead-off spot, Morris is 23-for-62 (.371) with nine doubles a HR and 10 RBI.
• Virginia comes into the weekend ranked third in the ACC in batting with a .290 team average.
• As a team, Virginia has struck out 246 times, the fewest of any ACC team.
• Virginia has used a sacrifice fly to score a run in six of the last eight games. The Cavaliers currently rank eight in the nation in sacrifice flies this season with 24.
• In 18 ACC games, Virginia is fielding at a .982 clip, the highest in league play this season. Overall, Virginia ranks 25th in the country in fielding percentage.
• Coming into the season Virginia had the highest cumulative fielding percentage (.973) of any school since 2004.
On the Mound
• On Tuesday, the combination of Billy Price, Zach Messinger and Devin Ortiz walked only one batter. It marked the 11th time Virginia pitchers have walked three or less batters in a game.
• Saturday starter Griff McGarry is looking to build off one of his best outings as a Cavalier last weekend against Miami. McGarry was on the short end of a pitcher’s duel in which he struck out seven in 6.2 innings while allowing two runs.