CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 16 Virginia (4-3) will be back at Disharoon Park on Tuesday (March 2) for a non-conference matchup against George Washington (0-0). The midweek tilt will be broadcast live on ACCNX with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.
Game Coverage: ACCNX is available to authenticated subscribers of ACC Network via the ESPN App. In addition, the game can be heard locally in Charlottesville on WINA 98.9 FM/1070 AM and anywhere on WINA.com Links for broadcasts and in-game live stats are available on VirginiaSports.com. Fans can also follow the Virginia baseball official twitter account (@UVABaseball) for in-game updates.
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
Tuesday – 3 p.m.
George Washington: RHP Justin Solt (0-2, 2.77 ERA, 26.0 IP, 7 BB, 15 SO) *2020 stats
Virginia: LHP Nate 0-0, (0-0, 3.00 ERA, 3.0 IP, 1 BB, 5 SO)
- George Washington will open up its 2021 season on Tuesday, the second-straight week a UVA opponent will begin its 2021 campaign at Disharoon Park.
- The Cavaliers are 3-1 against non-conference opponents this season and have won 17-straight midweek games dating back to the 2019 season.
- Virginia has won 10-straight games against the Colonials dating back to 2009 and 15 of 16 meetings against George Washington under Brian O’Connor.
- Tuesday will be the first of two meetings the season between George Washington and Virginia. The Cavaliers will travel to Arlington, Va. on March 30, their first road game against the Colonials since 2006.
ON THE HILL
- Lefthander Nate Savino will make his fifth career start on the in a Cavalier uniform on Tuesday.
- Last Tuesday against VMI, the second year allowed one earned run and pitched into the fourth inning and was lifted after a leadoff single. He struck out five batters, a new career-high, while walking only one in a no-decision.
- Prior to the season Baseball America included Savino as the No. 55 player on its Top 150 College Players list.
- Virginia and North Carolina were engaged in three, one-run affairs this past weekend in Chapel Hill. The Cavaliers took the finale, 3-2 behind the fourth-straight quality start from Mike Vasil and a two-run homer by Nic Kent.
- It marked the first time Virginia played an ACC series with each game decided by a run since 2018 when it played six-straight starting with Louisville on the road and ending with a three-game set against Clemson at Disharoon Park.
- The Cavaliers have played a total of six ACC series in which all three games were decided by a run in the Brian O’Connor era.
AGAINST THE COLONIALS
- The Cavaliers and Colonials will meet for the first time since 2018, a 3-2 walk-off win for Virginia in the 12th inning. Then-freshman Brendan Rivoli doubled in classmate Alex Tappen for the game-winning score. Virginia has not had a walk-off win since. Tappen, Rivoli and Andrew Abbott were the only three players from the current squad to play against George Washington.
- Virginia owns a 25-12 mark all-time in a series that was first played in 1905, a 22-1 Cavalier victory.
- The highlight of the matchups against George Washington came on March 29, 2011 when Will Roberts threw the program’s first and only perfect game.
- The Cavaliers dropped four spots in this week’s D1Baseball top 25 poll and is one of seven ACC teams currently ranked.
- Virginia is ranked in the top-25 in each of the six major college baseball polls and are as high as No. 8 according to Baseball America). The Cavaliers slipped to No. 15 (Perfect Game), No. 18 in USA Today Coaches) and No. 25 (Collegiate Baseball Newspaper) rankings.
- The Cavalier pitching staff has limited its opponents to three or less earned runs in six of the first seven games this season. Without the nine earned runs allowed to the UConn offense on Feb. 20, the Virginia pitching staff holds an ERA of 1.73.
- Junior Nic Kent is one hit away from No. 100 for his career. He hit his fifth career-home run on Sunday against North Carolina that proved to be the game-winning hit. Kent has four multi-hit efforts in seven games this season.
- Reliever Paul Kosanovich was the bridge to closer Stephen Schoch on Sunday at North Carolina and recorded his staff-best, third hold on the season. Schoch produced his fourth, four-out save of his UVA career.
- Blake Bales leads the Cavalier bullpen this season with four appearances. The junior has not allowed a run and surrendered just one hit four innings pitched. The righthander has struck out eight batters of the 15 batters he’s faced in 2021.
- Zack Gelof and Marc Lebreux have reached base safely in all seven games this season. Gelof is tied for 16th in the ACC with a .385 batting average. Lebreux has reached base safely in 22-straight games dating back to last season.