CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia softball team (26-12, 9-6 ACC) plays its final home ACC series this weekend as the Cavaliers host NC State (22-18, 2-13 ACC) in a three-game set at Palmer Park.

The series opens Friday night with first pitch against the Wolfpack set for 7 p.m.


  • Friday night is the program’s Strikeout Cancer game
  • Saturday is Alumni Day with recognition of program alums throughout the history of the program on site – including members of the 1994 ACC Championship team.
  • Saturday is also Youth Day with youth under the age of 18 admitted free with the purchase of an adult general admission ticket.
  • Sunday is Senior Day with recognition for this year’s senior class immediately following the game 


  • Due to a concert at JPJ Arena on Saturday night, fans are encouraged to park at the Emmett-Ivy Garage and take the courtesy shuttle to the entrance of Palmer Park.
  • Fans can reserve a spot here and must the code ATH24UVA to secure the spot.

Friday night’s game is broadcast on ACC Network, while Saturday and Sunday’s games will be on ACCNX. Streams for all three games are available on the ESPN app and at Live stats are also available for all three games. Links to live stats and the stream are at Updates are also on the program’s official account (@UVASoftball) on X.


  • The Cavaliers entered the week ranked No. 24 in the Softball America rankings this week, making it the first time since the 1995 season for the Hoos to be nationally ranked.
  • Virginia comes home for a five-game homestand after playing the last seven games on the road – a stretch that saw UVA go 6-1 in those road games and win a series at Notre Dame.
  • The Hoos are looking for a fifth ACC series win this weekend against the Wolfpack. The last time UVA won five ACC series was the 2010 season with one being a DH vs. Maryland.
  • Virginia has now won four of five ACC series played this season, going to a rubber match in all five series and claiming that rubber match game four out of those five times.
  • Eden Bigham continues to be one of the top pitchers in the ACC and the NCAA, ranking second in the league in fewest hits per 7.0 IP (3.89) and total strikeouts (132). She ranks 11th nationally in both categories entering the weekend.
  • Madi Harris ranks 24th nationally in ERA (1.31) to help anchor the Virginia pitching staff.
  • Jade Hylton continues to power the Virginia offense, but has been joined by a surging Bella Cabral and Leah Boggs at the plate since conference play got underway.
  • Cabral hit a pair of home runs at Notre Dame and leads the team with 26 RBI. She is hitting .319 in ACC play, while Boggs is hitting at a .350 clip in conference games.
  • Virginia enters the weekend with an RPI of 31 and a strength of schedule of 28.
  • Heading down the stretch, every game left on the UVA schedule is against a team in the top 60 in RPI and seven of those come on the road.


  • Virginia and NC State have faced each other 52 times with the Wolfpack holding a 29-23 lead in the series
  • The teams last met in the 2022 season with the Cavaliers sweeping the three-game series in Raleigh
  • Virginia has had the run of the series lately with the Hoos going 8-2 against NC State in the last 10 games
  • The series is tied 13-13 in games played in Charlottesville