DURHAM, N.C. – Ninth-seeded Virginia will begin pool play in the 2019 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament on Wednesday (May 22) against fifth-seeded North Carolina at 7 p.m. The Cavaliers conclude pool play on Thursday against fourth-seeded Miami on Thursday (May 23) at 3 p.m.
Game Coverage: Both games of pool play will air on Regional Sports Networks as well as ACC Network Extra (subject to blackout). Authenticated subscribers can stream the games on the Fox Sports Go App as well as the WatchESPN app. For a complete listing of Regional Sports Networks visit: http://theacc.com/sports/2017/9/8/acc-on-rsn.aspx
In addition, the two contests will be broadcast live locally in Charlottesville on WINA 98.9 FM/1070 AM and can be heard anywhere on WINA.com. Links to the video and audio streams as well as live stats will be available on VirginiaSports.com. For in-game updates, follow the team’s official twitter feed, @UVABaseball.
Probable Pitching Matchups
Wednesday – 7 p.m.
Virginia: RHP Chesdin Harrington (5-1, 3.50, 54.0 IP, 14 BB, 56 SO)
North Carolina: RHP Tyler Baum (7-3, 3.91 ERA, 73.2 IP, 22 BB, 82 SO)
Thursday – 3 p.m.
Miami: RHP Brian Van Belle (8-2, 3.29 ERA, 82 IP, 22 BB, 71 SO)
• The Cavaliers come into the ACC Tournament with wins in 10 of their last 14 games. Two of its four losses in that span were by one run.
• Virginia has been part of every ACC Tournament since its inception in 1973 and will make its 46th overall appearance.
• The Cavaliers own a 52-75 overall record in the ACC postseason and have captured tournament crowns in 1996, 2009 and 2011.
• Under head coach Brian O’Connor, the Cavaliers have a record of 27-21 overall mark in the ACC Tournament.
• Since 2004 Virginia is 4-1 against North Carolina in the ACC Tournament with the last meeting coming in 2014, a 3-2 Cavalier victory. Virginia and Miami have split four total games since 2004 with the Hurricanes coming away with an 9-5 win.
• The No. 9 seed has won the ACC Tournament once. Georgia Tech went 4-1 and defeated Maryland in the 2014 ACC Championship game.
• No. 19 North Carolina and No. 16 Miami will be the seventh and eight Virginia opponents this season ranked in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Cavaliers are 4-8 in games against ranked foes this season
The Starting Pitcher
• After turning in back-to-back quality starts in his first two starts of the season, senior Chesdin Harrington will get the nod for the Cavaliers against North Carolina on Wednesday.
• He made his first start of the season on Senior Day against then-No. 5 Louisville, his first start in over two years. The right-hander tossed six innings and struck out six batters in a series-clinching, 12-6 win.
• He clinched the series last week against Virginia Tech behind a career-high seven innings pitched. From the fourth to the seventh innings, he sat down, 11-straight Virginia Tech hitters.
• Harrington is one of three pitchers on the staff with 20+ appearances
• Off the field, Harrington served as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President and was one of two UVA student-athletes awarded the ACC Postgraduate Scholarship.
Ranking the Hoos
• At the conclusion of the regular season, Virginia has the third-highest team batting average (.294) and the second highest team fielding percentage (.979) in the ACC. The Cavaliers have racked up 10 or more hits in six-straight games.
• As a team, Virginia has struck out 351 times, the fewest in the league. The Cavaliers are one of three teams (Louisville, Boston College & North Carolina) that have not struck out more than 400 times
• Catcher Logan Michaels is the toughest player in the ACC to strike out, fanning once every 11.7 at bats. He’s only struck out multiple times in a game once.
• Shortstop Tanner Morris is currently ranked fifth in the league in batting (.353) and tied for fifth among his ACC cohorts with 76 hits.
• Virginia is 6-7 in one-run games this season and have played in 20 games decided by one or two runs.
• Three times this season Virginia has lost an ACC-series deciding game by one run, including a 5-4 setback at North Carolina.
• Of its 32 wins this season, Virginia has come-from behind to win in 21 of them. The Cavaliers have faced a deficit after the fifth inning and won nine games.
• Freshman Nic Kent comes into the tournament riding an 11-game hit streak and has reached base safely in 14-consecutive games. In his last five games, he’s 11-for-22 (.500) with four runs and four RBI.
• Brendan Rivoli surged into a tie for the team lead in RBI (41) thanks to a seven-RBI series against Virginia Tech. Rivoli has hit safely in a team-best and career-high, 12-straight games.
• Two-way player Devin Ortiz has established himself as one of the key contributors in the Cavalier bullpen. The sophomore has now pitched 19.1 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run, a span of seven appearances.
• Tanner Morris leads the league in doubles with 21. He is one of eight players in UVA history with 21 or more doubles in a single season. He is two shy of matching the school record of 23 held by Stephen Bruno (2012) and Dan Street (2002).
• Senior Nate Eikhoff is an RBI shy of 100 for his career. He has started 109 consecutive games, including all 54 at first base this season. He’s the team’s active leader in hits with 172.
• As a true freshman, third baseman Zack Gelof has started all 54 games at third base. He served as the team’s lead-off man for the first 21 games before moving to the middle of the lineup.
• Cayman Richardson recorded his 11th career outfield assist in a what turned out to be a run-saving play in game one victory over Virginia Tech. He originally came to Virginia as a middle infielder and served as the team’s primary centerfielder last season, filling in for an injured Cameron Simmons.
• Simmons, a 2017 All-ACC performer, is coming off back-to-back two-hit performances. He is the team’s active leader in career home runs with 18 and stolen bases with 23.