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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. – Virginia (25-18, 9-12 ACC) will continue its Atlantic Coast Conference slate with a three-game series against No. 15 North Carolina (31-11, 13-8 ACC) beginning Friday. All three games will be carried live on ACC Network Extra.
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Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday – 6 p.m.
Virginia: RHP Noah Murdock (2-4, 5.02 ERA, 57.1 IP, 22 BB, 53 SO)
North Carolina: RHP Tyler Baum (7-2, 3.49 ERA, 56.2 IP, 18 BB, 65 SO)
Saturday – 3 p.m.        
Virginia: RHP Griff McGarry (3-5, 3.67 ERA, 49.0 IP, 44 BB, 59 SO)
North Carolina: RHP Austin Bergner (4-0, 5.07 ERA, 55.0 IP, 18 BB, 55 SO)
Sunday – 1 p.m.
Virginia: RHP Mike Vasil (1-4, 6.09 ERA, 44.1 IP, 18 BB, 33 SO)
North Carolina: LHP Will Sandy (2-0, 6.42 ERA, 33.2 IP, 23 BB, 28 SO)
Leading Off
• Virginia will play its first road game since April 9 and is 5-6 in true road games this season.
• North Carolina will be Virginia’s fourth ranked opponent this season. The Cavaliers are 1-5 against ranked foes in 2019 after going 2-6 last season.
• The Tar Heels were picked to finish first in the Coastal Division in the ACC Preseason Coaches Poll while Virginia came in tied for 2nd with Duke.
• Friday will be the 297th meeting between North Carolina and Virginia. North Carolina is Virginia’s most played opponent; NC State is the only other school the Cavaliers have played 200 games against.
• Virginia has won three or more consecutive games coming into the weekend three times this season, twice in the month of April.
Midweek Recap
• Virginia recorded midweek wins over Liberty (6-3) and James Madison (4-3) on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. It marked the ninth-straight games against a non-conference opponent.
• The Cavaliers played two midweek games for the fourth time and final time this season. Virginia went 8-0 in those contests.
• A five-run fifth inning lifted Virginia to a 6-3 win over Liberty on Wednesday. It was the 12th time the Cavaliers had scored five or more runs in a single inning.
• Three pitchers combined for a three-hitter in a 2-1 victory over James Madison on Wednesday, completing the season sweep. The Dukes scored on a safety squeeze play and had only an infield single up until the eighth inning.
• Virginia was limited to just four hits in Wednesday’s win over James Madison. It was the fewest hits in a win since May 1, 2018 against VCU when three hits was enough in a 2-0 win.
Pitching & Defense
• Virginia comes into the weekend with a .980 fielding percentage, the 13th highest in the country. The Cavaliers have committed two errors in their last 10 games.
• Over the last three games, Virginia pitchers have allowed six earned runs. In that span, the Cavalier arms have amassed 30 strikeouts and issued 15 walks in 27 innings pitched.
• Saturday’s starting pitcher, Griff McGarry is currently ranked 11th in the ACC in ERA (3.71) and opponents are hitting .210 off him, the seventh lowest in the league.
• Friday night’s starting pitcher Noah Murdock has logged a career-high 57.1 innings pitched, the fifth most in the ACC. He is 13 strikeouts away from 100 for his career.
• With two saves in the midweek, righthander Kyle Whitten moved into third place on the ACC saves list.
Player Notes
• Catcher Logan Michaels holds the team’s longest reached base streak at 10 games. He’s the sixth Cavalier to hold a reached base streak of 10 or more games in 2019.
• Zack Gelof has hit safely in seven-straight games. He has a hit in all 35 of his 43 games played.
• Tanner Morris enters the weekend ranked tops in the ACC and tied for third in the country with 20 doubles. He is three two-baggers away from matching the Virginia single-season record of 23 set by Stephen Bruno (2012) and Dan Street (2002).
• As a first year, Nic Kent leads the Cavaliers with 35 RBI and nine multi-RBI games. A freshman has not led the Cavaliers in RBI since Jon Benick in 1999.
• Sophomore Devin Ortiz pitched improved to 3-0 on the season after tossing 4.1 innings of perfect relief on Wednesday against James Madison. He retired all 13 batters he faced while matching a career-high with five strikeouts.