CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia softball (8-8) opens its new home, Palmer Park, on Tuesday (March 3) against No. 24 James Madison (9-4) in a 4 p.m. first pitch.
The Cavaliers and Dukes are meeting for the only time this season. Tuesday marks the start of a nine-game homestand for Virginia, the first four of which come against ranked teams.
Tuesday’s home opener will air on ACCNX. ACCNX is available to authenticated subscribers of ACC Network via the ESPN App. Links for the live stream and live stats are available on VirginiaSports.com.
• Virginia opens its new home, Palmer Park, on Tuesday against James Madison. The game begins a nine-game home stand in the new facility.
• Palmer Park replaces The Park, which served as the home of Virginia softball for the past 25 years, dating to 1995.
• The Cavaliers are looking to bounce back after dropping four-straight entering the week.
• Each of the next four games come against ranked in-state opponents for the Cavaliers, facing No. 24 JMU and then hosting No. 19 Virginia Tech over the weekend.
• Sophomore Donna Friedman (Orange, Calif.) enters the week on a career long 11-game hitting streak.
HOO TO WATCH
• Friedman leads the Cavaliers with 13 RBI on the season in 16 games. She had 19 in the entire 2019 season.
• Friedman is also leading Virginia in batting average, hitting .358 with 18 hits.
• She has already surpassed her 2019 home run total with three round trips in 2020.
• Friedman’s 11-game hitting streak matches the longest by a Cavalier this season.
• Virginia will open its new stadium, Palmer Park, on March 3 against JMU. Palmer Park is named after former Cavalier pitcher Lisa Palmer and her mother Fran. The Palmers were the lead contributors to the stadium project.
• The Cavaliers will host a dedication ceremony for Palmer Park prior to Virginia’s matchup against Virginia Tech on Friday, March 6.
• Palmer Park is a state-of-the-art facility which houses all of the Cavaliers’ needs. Within the confines of Palmer Park is the team locker room and lounge, athletic training room, meeting rooms and a 60’x60′ indoor facility.
• Lisa Palmer pitched for the Cavaliers from 1986-89, establishing school records in wins (74), innings pitched (861.2) complete games (102), and games started (112). She still holds the UVA single-season records for wins (27), shutouts (14) and assists (221).
• Virginia leads the all-time series against JMU 24-23.
• The Dukes hold a 16-13 edge in Charlottesville and have won three-straight overall.
• Each of the last five meetings in Charlottesville have been decided by three runs or less. Four of the five were decided by two runs or less.
• JMU claimed the most recent meeting, 3-1, last season in Harrisonburg.
SPEED ON THE BASEPATH
• With 26 stolen bases, the Cavaliers have already swiped the most bags since 2016.
• Virginia is 26-for-29 on stolen base attempts.
• Bailey Winscott (Clinton, Miss.) is a perfect 7-for-7 in stolen base attempts to lead Virginia.
Virginia softball season and single-game tickets are on sale now. All seating is general admission in 2020 with season tickets just $45. UVA faculty and staff may purchase season tickets for $35. Single-game tickets are available for $5 in advance or $8 at the box office on game day.
Fans may purchase tickets online at UVATix.com or through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium. The ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for in-person or telephone purchases. Telephone purchases can be made by calling 1-800-542-UVA1 (8821) or locally at 434-924-UVA1 (8821).
Eight (8) parking bays in the JPJ South (formerly U-Hall lot) lot will be reserved for baseball and softball 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.
CLEAR BAG POLICY
Virginia athletics’ clear bag policy and entry procedures will be in place for all home softball games at Palmer Park this season. More information on the clear bag policy and other Palmer Park policies can be found here.
Virginia continues the homestand by hosting Virginia Tech in the Commonwealth Clash presented by Virginia529. Game one of the series is set for Friday (March 6) at 4 p.m.