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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia (30-21, 12-15 ACC) wraps up the regular season with a three-game road series at Virginia Tech (25-25, 8-19 ACC) beginning Thursday (May 16) at 6 p.m. The entire series will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra.
 
Game Coverage: ACC Network Extra is available to authenticated subscribers of ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. Games one (May 16) and two (May 17) can be heard live in Charlottesville on WINA 98.9 FM/1070 AM and anywhere on WINA.com. Links to the video and audio broadcasts, as well as live stats, will be available on VirginiaSports.com. Fans can follow along with in-game updates on the team’s official twitter account (@UVABaseball).
 
COMMONWEALTH CLASH
• The Commonwealth Clash presented by Virginia529 is a head-to-head, points-based competition between the athletic teams at the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. The Commonwealth Clash encourages a friendly, statewide rivalry between the two schools across all school-sponsored sports with 21 individual event points on the line. The school that accumulates 11 points or more will be crowned the winner and take home the Virginia529 Commonwealth Clash trophy. Visit www.TheCommonwealthClash.com for more information.
• Virginia clinched the season-long, multi-sport competition last weekend at when the Virginia women’s team finished higher than Virginia Tech at the 2019 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
• The Cavaliers lead the series 11.5 to 9.5 with one point on the line in this weekend’s series.
 
Probable Pitching Matchups
Thursday – 6 p.m.
Virginia: RHP Noah Murdock (3-5, 5.89 ERA, 65.2 IP, 28 BB, 64 SO)
Virginia Tech: LHP Ian Seymour (4-5, 1.31 ERA, 65.1 IP, 22 BB, 74 SO)
 
Friday – 3 p.m.
Virginia: TBA
Virginia Tech: TBA
 
Saturday – 1 p.m.
Virginia: TBA
Virginia Tech: TBA
 
Leading Off
• Virginia comes into the weekend series winners of three-straight games, the fifth time the Cavaliers have brought a three-plus game win streak into an ACC weekend.
• The Cavaliers have won three-straight series against Virginia Tech and have won seven of the last nine meetings.
• Head Coach Brian O’Connor enters the series with 698 career wins, all at UVA. He is currently fourth among active head coaches with a .710 winning percentage.
• Against the Hokies, O’Connor is 30-12 in his tenure. The Cavaliers own a 101-86 edge in the all-time series that was first played in 1900.
• The Cavaliers own a 7-8 mark in true road games this season.
• Virginia is 11-2 against teams from the Commonwealth this season.
 
Midweek Recap
• Virginia closed out its non-conference slate with an 8-7 win over VCU at Disharoon Park. It marked the 11-straight win against a non-ACC foe this season.
• Cayman Richardson drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth inning to put the Cavaliers in front for good.
• Redshirt senior Riley Wilson secured his first career save in what was likely his last career appearance at Disharoon Park. He is the team’s active leader in appearances with 54.
• VCU erased a four-run deficit in the top eighth inning to tie the game at seven.
 
Team Notes
• The Cavaliers have swiped 10 bases in the last three games, the most in a three-game stretch this season.
• Virginia has racked up 10 or more hits in the last three games. The Cavaliers eclipsed the 500-hit mark for the season, one of seven teams in the league with 500 or more hits.
• Virginia is ranked third in the ACC in batting (.294) and second in fielding percentage (.978).
• The Cavaliers totaled 29 runs in their three-game series with Louisville, the most in any series of the season. The Cardinals came into the weekend with the ACC’s top team earned run average.
• As a team, the Cavaliers have struck out 328 times, the fewest in the ACC.
stole eight bases in the Louisville series, including a season-high four in the series clinching win on Saturday (May 11). The four stolen bases in the contest were the most in a conference game since swiping six at Virginia Tech on April 19, 2017.
 
Player Notes
• The top three batters in the Cavalier lineup – Tanner Morris, Nic Kent and Brendan Rivoli on Tuesday each put forth multi-hit efforts. Morris leads the Cavaliers with 22 multi-hit games including a team-best eight three-hit games. Rivoli is second on the club with 19 multi-hit games.
• Tanner Morris is tops in the ACC with 20 doubles and ranks sixth in the league batting average (.355).
• Over the last five games, freshman Nic Kent is batting .579 (11-for-19) with five runs scored, two RBI and two stolen bases.
• Catcher Logan Michaels is the toughest batter in the ACC to strikeout, fanning once ever 11.6 at bats. Michaels is the 35th toughest batter to strikeout in the country.
• Richardson enters the weekend batting .329 (28-for-85) with five doubles, two triples and a home run in ACC play. Against Louisville, the junior was 6-for-12 with five runs, three RBI and his first career home run.
 

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