CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia (2-2) continues its home stand this weekend with a four-game series against Bucknell (1-3) beginning Friday (Feb. 21) at 3 p.m. The two teams will play a doubleheader at noon on Saturday (Feb. 22) and close out the series on Sunday (Feb. 23) at 1 p.m. All four contests are slated to air on ACCNX.
Game Coverage: ACCNX is available to authenticated subscribers of ACC Network via the ESPN App. Friday’s series opener can also be heard on WINA 1070 AM/98.9 FM in Charlottesville and anywhere WINA.com. Links for the live stream, Friday’s audio broadcast and in-game live stats for the series are available on VirginiaSports.com. Fans can also follow the Virginia baseball official twitter account (@UVABaseball) for in-game updates.
Fans can purchase tickets at a discounted rate in advance by going online to UVATix.com. For all regular season home games, available reserved single-game tickets can be purchased in advance for $8 (Sections 101-105 / 115-116) or $10 (Sections 106 and 114) online or via mobile devices. Tickets are $10 (Sections 101-105 / 115-116) or $12(Sections 106 and 114) at the Disharoon Park ticket office on game day. General admission single-game tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the Disharoon Park ticket office locations on game day.
Seating Map: https://virginiasports.com/images/2020/2/13/2020_Baseball_Disharoon_Park_Seating_Diagram.jpg
Friday, February 21
Two bays in the JPJ West Lot (outside JPJ Arena) will be reserved exclusively for baseball fans. The bays will not have a vacate time.
Saturday, February 22
Baseball fans can utilize the JPJ South Lot (formerly UHall Lot) until 6 p.m. to accommodate a concert at John Paul Jones Arena. Vacate time for the JPJ West and Garage is at 4 p.m. Emmett/Ivy Garage is available to baseball fans for all of Saturday with no vacate times.
Sunday, February 23
Free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the JPJ South/West/Garage lots.
Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday – 3 p.m.
Bucknell: RHP Jack Simpson (0-1, 3.60 ERA, 3.0 IP, 2 BB, 3 SO)
Virginia: RHP Griff McGarry (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 5.0 IP, 3 BB, 7 SO)
Saturday (Game 1) – Noon
Bucknell: RHP Brenden Tuttle (0-0, 4.91 ERA, 3.2 IP, 7 BB, 4 SO)
Virginia: RHP Mike Vasil (0-0, 2.25 ERA, 4.0 IP, 3 BB, 4 SO)
Saturday (Game 2) – Approx. 40 minutes after conclusion of game 1
Bucknell: RHP Nate Grisius (0-1, 5.40 ERA, 5.0 IP, 2 BB, 3 SO)
Virginia: RHP Chesdin Harrington (0-1, 6.00 ERA, 3.0 IP, 0 BB, 3 SO)
Sunday – 1 p.m.
Bucknell: LHP Tyler Rigot (0-0, 1.80 ERA, 5.0 IP, 0 BB, 5 SO)
Virginia: LHP Nate Savino (0-0, 13.50 ERA, 1.1 IP, 2 BB, 1 SO)
• Virginia is in the midst of a 15-game home stand, the longest in head coach Brian O’Connor’s tenure.
• The Cavaliers come into the weekend with a 13-game home winning streak against non-conference opponents.
• Virginia went 16-2 at Disharoon Park against non-conference opponents in 2019 and is 35-12 against non-conference foes since the beginning of the 2018 season.
• Wednesday’s non-conference win against VMI was the 480th win all-time at Disharoon Park. The Cavaliers sport a winning percentage of .767 in 19 seasons.
• Virginia will play it second doubleheader of the season on Saturday after two against Oklahoma on opening weekend. The Cavaliers were 7-7 in a total of seven twin bills in 2019, the most since 2000.
• Virginia and Bucknell will square off for the first time since the 2014 Charlottesville NCAA Regional, a 10-1 UVA victory. The Cavaliers are 23-1 all-time against the Bison and 13-0 under O’Connor.
• The Cavaliers came-from-behind with a four-run, seventh inning to defeat VMI, 4-3 on Wednesday afternoon.
• Virginia emerged victorious with just three hits, the fewest since a 2-0 win over VCU on May 1, 2018. Remarkably, the Cavaliers have won seven games when recording three or less hits since the 2013 season.
• Relievers Andrew Abbott and Stephen Schoch combined to throw 2.2 innings of scoreless relief. Abbott was credited with his first win of the season and sixth of his career. The save went to Schoch after he struck out the side in the ninth, his first as a Cavalier and 14th of his career.
• Making his third career start at first base, Devin Ortiz drove in the first run of the pivotal seventh inning and went on to score the eventual game-winning run on an RBI groundout by freshman Tate Ballestero.
VISITING THE MOUND
• Griff McGarry will get the ball on Friday for the second-straight week. In his last outing he pitched five innings and struck out seven in a combined shutout of Oklahoma. The shutout was the first by the Cavaliers on opening day since 2009 against Bucknell (12-0).
• McGarry is the fourth pitcher in the O’Connor era to earn back-to-back Opening Day nods –
(Daniel Lynch (2017-18); Brandon Waddell (2013-14) and Danny Hultzen (2010-11).
• On Sunday, freshman Nate Savino will get his first collegiate start after working 1.1 innings out of the bullpen against Oklahoma last Saturday (Feb. 15).
• Relievers Kyle Whitten and Schoch have seen action out of the bullpen in three of the four games this season, tied for the most in the ACC.
AT THE PLATE
• Sophomore Nic Kent has a hit in three of the four games this season and currently leads the team with a .333 batting average.
• Classmate Zack Gelof earned a walk in Wednesday’s game against VMI, extending his reached base streak to 16 games dating back to last season.
• Freshman Tate Ballestero’s first RBI of his collegiate career was an important one as the go-ahead run scored on his RBI ground out.
• As a team Virginia comes into the series with two extra-base hits, both doubles off the bats of Devin Oritz and Logan Michaels.
ON THE BASEPATHS
• As a team Virginia was successful on seven of its nine stolen base attempts against Oklahoma. The seven stolen bags are tied for the second most in the ACC.
• Freshman Chris Newell leads the team and is second in the ACC with three stolen bases in three attempts.
• Seven different Cavaliers have attempted to steal a bag over the weekend.
• On the defensive side, Logan Michaels eliminated three Sooners attempting to steal on Saturday night, the most by a Cavalier catcher in a single game since 2002. He cut down three of the seven runners attempting to steal in two starts behind the plate, tied for the most in the ACC.