CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia softball team (11-18) continues to play at home on Tuesday (April 6), stepping out of conference action to host Liberty (22-12) in a 4 p.m. contest at Palmer Park on ACC Network.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION
Fans can watch the game live on ACC Network or through the ESPN app if the ACC Network is part of your package provided by your television provider. Live stats will also be available and are linked along with the stream at VirginiaSports.com. Fans can also get updates by following the program’s official Twitter account (@UVASoftball).
A LOOK AT VIRGINIA OFFENSIVELY
The Cavaliers come into the week led by Katie Goldberg (Atlanta, Ga.) at the plate with a .316 average and a team-leading 12 runs scored and 15 RBI. The sophomore infielder is second on the team in home runs with four behind Tori Gilbert (Mechanicsville, Va.) who has five this season. Donna Friedman (Orange, Calif.) and Arizona Ritchie (Stafford, Va.) are second on the team in RBI with 12 each. As a squad, the Cavaliers are hitting at a .232 clip with 82 RBI and 90 runs scored.
HOOS IN THE CIRCLE
Junior Aly Rayle (Herndon, Va.) and freshman Mikayla Houge (Collins, Iowa) have been two of the top producers in the circle for the Cavaliers this season. Rayle holds a team-leading 1.93 ERA and has been holding opponents to a .162 batting average against. She has 32 strikeouts in her 29.0 innings of work. Houge holds a 2.93 ERA and has struck out a team-leading 38 batters through 57.1 innings of work. She’s holding opponents to a .222 batting average against and has a team-leading three victories and two saves.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE CAVALIERS
Virginia is coming off a series win over Boston College this past weekend, taking three games of the four-game set with the Eagles. It was the first ACC series win for the Cavaliers at the new Palmer Park. Virginia swept both games of the opening doubleheader in shutout fashion before taking the finale in 12 innings with a walk-off from Ritchie. The shutouts in the doubleheader were the first consecutive shutouts for the Hoos since the 2014 season.
THE SERIES WITH LIBERTY
Virginia and Liberty have faced each other 72 times with the Cavaliers leading the Flames 47-25 in the all-time series. The meeting on Tuesday will be the first one between the teams since the 2019 season, a 4-3 victory for the Cavaliers at home. Virginia leads 27-9 in games played in Charlottesville.
UP NEXT FOR THE HOOS
Virginia will return to ACC play this weekend, heading out on the road for the first of consecutive road weekends in league play. The Cavaliers will travel to take on North Carolina this weekend in a four-game set, beginning with a doubleheader at 4 p.m. on Friday (April 9). It will continue with single games at 3 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.