CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia softball (17-25, 5-13 ACC) welcomes Notre Dame (26-15, 9-6 ACC) to The Park for the final ACC home series of the season. The series is slated to open with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Friday (April 19) due to anticipated inclement weather in the evening.
The series will conclude on Saturday as the Cavaliers celebrate their five seniors following the game. First pitch on Saturday is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Friday’s doubleheader 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.
• Virginia will celebrate its five seniors, Tabby Dabney (Mechanicsville, Va.), Allyson Frei (Branchville, N.J.), Olivia Gott (Weston, Fla.), Erika Osherow (Darien, Conn.) and Lacy Smith (Lancaster, Pa.), on Saturday in the series finale against Notre Dame.
• Smith ranks sixth all-time at UVA with 27 career home runs and is currently tied for the single season record at 13.
• Osherow ranks third all-time at Virginia with 144 career pitching appearances entering the weekend and is just one away from moving into a tie for second.
• Gott’s 22 career home runs rank 11th in program history and her 20 caught stealing rank ninth.
• A grad transfer from BC, Frei has already recorded a career-high three saves this season. She has struck out 648 batters in her career.
• Dabney transferred to UVA after two years at Richard Bland, where she was the 2017 Female Athlete of the Year. She’s appeared in 36 games at UVA.
• Virginia is also welcoming back its alumnae over the weekend, with recognition slated for Friday’s doubleheader.
• Alumnae who are expected in attendance span all four decades of Virginia softball’s existence.
BACK ON TRACK
• Virginia returned home after an eight-game road trip and promptly turned its fortunes with a 4-3 victory over Liberty on Tuesday night.
• Senior Erika Osherow worked 5.0 IP and allowed just a single run in earning the win. She also contributed two RBI at the plate.
• The win is the Cavaliers’ best of the season in terms of RPI, as the Flames entered the contest ranked 48th in the metric.
A SIMILAR SPARK
• Virginia would love to see a repeat of 2017 when the Hoos swept the Irish as part of a seven-game winning streak that would ultimately secure a spot in the ACC Tournament.
• Just as it was in 2017, this year’s meeting comes in the penultimate ACC series for the Cavaliers.
• In the 2017 series, Virginia hit .381 with five home runs. Lacy Smith had a pair of long balls and produced five RBI in the sweep.
• Big innings keyed the sweep as the Cavaliers scored five or more runs in a single frame in each of the three games.
VERSUS NOTRE DAME
• Virginia and Notre Dame will meet for the 18th time in the series opener.
• The Fighting Irish hold a 14-3 edge in the series, but Virginia has captured the last three meetings.
• In 2017, the Cavaliers went to South Bend and swept the Irish.
Virginia hits the road for the next five games, beginning with a Tuesday, April 23 doubleheader at No. 20 James Madison.