CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia (6-3) continues is home stand this weekend with a three-game series against Dartmouth (2-2) that begins Friday (Feb. 28) with the opening game at 3 p.m. The middle game is slated for a 1 p.m. start on Saturday (Feb. 29) and concludes Sunday (March 1) at noon. All three games are scheduled to air on ACCNX.
Game Coverage: ACCNX is available to authenticated subscribers of ACC Network via the ESPN App. In addition, Friday and Saturday’s games can be heard on WINA 1070 AM/98.9FM locally in Charlottesville and anywhere on WINA.com. Links for the live stream, audio broadcast and in-game live stats are all 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.
• Fans with a ticket to Saturday’s men’s basketball game against Duke can use it for complimentary admission to Saturday’s baseball game against Dartmouth.
• Free hot chocolate will be available to fans for any game in which the temperature is 45 degrees or below when gates open
Seating Map: https://virginiasports.com/images/2020/2/13/2020_Baseball_Disharoon_Park_Seating_Diagram.jpg
Friday, Feb. 28
Four (4) parking bays in the JPJ South (formerly U-Hall lot) lot will be reserved for baseball fans on a first-come, first-served basis. Overflow parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in the JPJ South and JPJ West lots and JPJ Parking Garage.
Saturday, Feb. 29
Due to the men’s basketball game at John Paul Jones arena, JPJ South/West/Garage will be available for baseball parking until 4 p.m. Emmett/Ivy garage is available to baseball fans with no vacate time.
Sunday, March 1
Baseball parking will be available in JPJ South (formerly U-Hall lot), JPJ East and Emmett/Ivy garage without vacate time. JPJ West and garage will be reserved for women’s basketball.
Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday – Feb. 28 – 3 p.m.
Dartmouth: RHP Austen Michel (0-1, 1.35 ERA, 6.2 IP, 1 BB, 5 SO)
Virginia: RHP Griff McGarry (2-0, 1.80 ERA, 10.0 IP, 7 BB, 14 SO)
Saturday – Feb. 29 – 1 p.m.
Dartmouth: RHP Nathan Skinner (0-0, 2.25 ERA, 4.0 IP, 0 BB, 6 SO)
Virginia: RHP Mike Vasil (1-0, 1.80 ERA, 10.0 IP, 3 BB, 14 SO)
Sunday – March 1 – Noon
Dartmouth: RHP Justin Murray (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7.0 IP, 2 BB, 6 SO)
Virginia: LHP Nate Savino (0-0, 6.75 ERA, 2.2 IP, 4 BB, 4 SO)
or RHP Chesdin Harrington (0-2, 8.53 ERA, 6.1 IP, 2 BB, 8 SO)
• Virginia is at the midway point of its season-high, 15-game home stand. It marks the longest home stand in head coach Brian O’Connor’s tenure at UVA (since 2004).
• Virginia is winners of 17 of its last 18 games against non-conference opponents at Disharoon Park.
• Dartmouth is the first of two Ivy league opponents for the Cavaliers in 2020 (Cornell – March 31-April 1). Under O’Connor, the Cavaliers are 17-2 against Ivy league schools.
• The Cavaliers have been successful in the first two series openers in 2020 and have won three-straight Friday night contests dating back to last season. Virginia was 7-5 in series openers in 2019.
• The Cavaliers have won eight-straight games against Dartmouth in a series that first began in 1891, the third year of Virginia baseball. Virginia holds a 12-5 advantage in the all-time series and took two from the Big Green back in 2010.
• Virginia won its third game this season in come-from-behind fashion thanks to a four-run fifth inning against William & Mary on Wednesday. Catcher Logan Michaels delivered the go-ahead home run, a two-run shot that put UVA up, 7-5.
• Reliever Andrew Abbott struck out a career-high eight batters in just 3.1 innings pitched and picked up his first win of the season. He handed the ball to Stephen Schoch who pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his team-leading 13th save.
• Zack Gelof and Chris Newell each collected a game-high, three hits in the win. Both Gelof and Newell have reached base in all but one game this season.
Top of the Heap
• Going into the weekend freshman Chris Newell co-leads the ACC in stolen bases with six and is second in the league in walks with nine.
• As a team, Virginia ranks second in the ACC and tied for 21st nationally with 17 stolen bases.
• The Virginia pitching staff has totaled 106 strikeouts tops amongst ACC schools and tied for seventh most in the country. Only 20 of the 294 D-I college baseball programs have reached triple digit strikeouts thus far.
• Christian Hlinka has three home runs in 11 at bats this season tied for second most in the ACC. Of the 72 NCAA D-1 players who have hit three or more home runs, none have done it with fewer turns at the plate.
• Reliever Stephen Schoch has made six relief appearances, the most of any pitcher in the ACC. He has three saves and a hold to his credit.
On the Hill
• Friday night starting pitcher Griff McGarry is coming off back-to-back five-inning, seven-strikeout performances. Opponents have recorded just three hits off him and are hitting .094 off him, the sixth lowest average in the ACC.
• If it wasn’t for a perfect game by Duke’s Bryce Jarvis, Cavalier starting pitcher Mike Vasil may pitched himself into an ACC weekly honor. In the second game against Bucknell, the righty struck out a career-high 10 batters in six innings of work. The double-digit strikeout performance was the first by a Cavalier since Daniel Lynch in 2018.
• The quality start by Vasil was the first by a Virginia pitcher this season and the fourth of his career.
• A total of 18 pitchers have seen action for the Cavaliers through nine games this season, already the most in a single-season in program history. The previous high under head coach Brian O’Connor was 16, done three times – 2005, 2011 and 2017.
From the Batter’s Box
• Virginia has cracked eight home runs through its first nine games, the most since 2017.
•The Cavaliers didn’t hit their eighth home run of the 2019 season until March 15th last season, the 17th game of the year.
• It took seven innings for the William & Mary pitching staff to record a strikeout against the Cavaliers on Wednesday. The Cavaliers struck out a season-low, two times in the midweek matinee. Virginia has struck out the fewest among ACC schools for the last two seasons.