CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia softball team (18-10) returns to action at home on Tuesday (March 21) as the Cavaliers will host a doubleheader against Hofstra (8-13). First pitch in game one is set for 3 p.m. at Palmer Park.
Tickets are good for both games against the Pride, including for those fans who already had a ticket for the originally scheduled single game against Hofstra. Re-entry will also be allowed for Tuesday’s contests at Palmer Park. Fans can purchase tickets online at UVATix.com.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION
Both games will be streamed on ACCNX which is available through the ESPN app and at ESPN.com. Live stats are also available for both games. Links to the streams and live stats are at VirginiaSports.com. Fans can also get updates by following the program’s official Twitter account (@UVASoftball).
- Virginia steps out of conference to take on the Pride after playing six straight games against ACC competition over the past two weeks.
- The Cavaliers are coming off a series at No. 4 Clemson in which Virginia held the potent Clemson offense to seven runs in the series after the Tigers averaged almost seven runs per game entering the weekend.
- Kelly Ayer leads the Cavaliers at the plate with a .344 batting average and on the basepath as she has gone 16-for-17 in steal attempts this season.
- Virginia has stolen 68 bases through 28 games this year which is one shy of last season’s total of 69 stolen bases.
- Leah Boggs leads the ACC in runners caught stealing with seven after she threw out Clemson’s Arielle Oda on a steal attempt in the series finale on Sunday.
- Virginia has tallied 101 walks this season with four Cavaliers in double-digits for free passes. Gabby Baylog leads the way with 14 bases on balls this season.
- The Virginia pitching staff has combined for a team ERA of 1.94 and all three pitchers with double-digit appearances have sub-2.00 ERAs heading into the seventh week of the season.
- Eden Bigham leads the way with a 1.58 ERA and a team-leading 70 strikeouts while she is also holding opponents to a .143 batting average against this season.
THE SERIES WITH THE PRIDE
- Virginia and Hofstra have faced each other 10 times with the Hoos leading the overall series 7-3.
- The teams last met in the 2012 season with Virginia winning the neutral-site game 7-2 at East Carolina.
- Virginia has hosted Hofstra five times in program history and leads the all-time series 4-1 in home games.