CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. The Virginia baseball team opens its 2008 season this weekend, playing host to Lehigh at Davenport Field. The teams are scheduled to start the series at 4 p.m. Friday, followed by a noon doubleheader Saturday and a single game at noon Sunday. The series marks a busy start to the season, as the Cavaliers will play 10 home games in 10 days.
On Friday, parking will be limited to the cage and south University Hall parking lots because of the Van Halen concert at John Paul Jones Arena that night. Saturday, parking will be available in the University Hall and John Paul Jones Arena surface lots. Sunday, parking will be limited to the Emmet/Ivy Garage because of the men’s basketball game vs. NC State that afternoon. No parking will be available Sunday in the University Hall lots.
General Admission tickets are available for the games and are $7 for adults and $5 for youth, seniors, faculty and staff. One ticket gains admission to both games of the doubleheader. Tickets may be purchased by logging on to VirginiaSports.com or by calling the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 542-8821. Fans also may purchase tickets at the ticket booth at Davenport Field beginning two hours prior to the first game each day.
Virginia returns 15 letterwinners from the 2007 team and welcomes 16 newcomers, including 14 freshmen. The Cavaliers’ pitching staff again figures to be strong after losing just three key hurlers from last year’s team which posted the third-best ERA in the nation (2.81). UVa also returns the nucleus of its infield (David Adams, Tyler Cannon, Jeremy Farrell, Greg Miclat and Patrick Wingfield).
The outfield is a big question mark after all five outfielders from last year graduated or were selected in the MLB draft. Freshmen David Coleman, Jarrett Parker, John Barr and Dan Grovatt are in the mix to fill those holes, while Wingfield, freshman infielder Phil Gosselin and redshirt freshman Mark Riffee also could see time in the outfield.
UVa also will have a new catcher after losing both of its experienced backstops. Notre Dame transfer Ryan Smith and junior college transfer Franco Valdes are battling for a starting slot. Cannon also has spent time learning the position and will see some time there as well.
Virginia went 45-16 last season and finished second in the ACC Coastal Division with a 19-9 mark. The Cavaliers earned their fourth-consecutive NCAA tournament bid and played host to their third NCAA regional before succumbing to eventual NCAA champion Oregon State in the regional final.
Junior right hander Jacob Thompson and Adams have raked in several preseason honors. Both were named to the preseason Louisville Slugger All-America squad, with Thompson nabbing first-team honors and Adams taking third-team laurels, and both were named to the second team of Baseball America’s preseason All-America team. They also are both on the watch lists for the Brooks Wallace and Golden Spikes awards. Thompson also was a first-team NCBWA Preseason All-American.
Thompson, scheduled to start Friday, was a unanimous First-Team All-American last year and also earned First-Team All-ACC honors. He capped off his banner season by competing for the United States National Team at the Pan American Games, where he won a silver medal.
Virginia continues its homestand Tuesday, facing Coppin State at 4 p.m. The Cavaliers then will play Old Dominion at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Morse Making Seamless Transition at UVAWomen's Soccer10/26/16Midfielder Zoe Morse has played the most of any freshman for No. 8 Virginia, which closes the regular season Thursday night at Louisville.Ellis Thrilled to Back in CoachingWrestling10/24/16The newest member of the Virginia wrestling team's coaching staff is assistant Mark Ellis, who won an NCAA title as a heavyweight at Missouri.North Carolina PostscriptFootball10/23/16Virginia, which trailed 14-7 at halftime, lost 35-14 to No. 22 North Carolina in an ACC game Saturday at Scott Stadium.
Director of News Content
A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
Orange Claims Game 4, 8-3
Baseball | 10/24/2016
Ernie Clement hit two home runs as the Orange team earned an 8-3 win in the first game of the...
Orange Downs Blue 8-1, Takes First Series
Baseball | 10/19/2016
The Orange team clinched the first three-game series of the 2016 Orange & Blue World Series with ...
Orange Holds Off Blue in Game 1, 8-6
Baseball | 10/12/2016
Cameron Comer went 3-for-4 with three RBI for the Orange squad, while Pavin Smith and Adam...
Orange & Blue World Series Begins Tuesday
Baseball | 10/10/2016
Seven-game series runs through Oct. 30 at Davenport Field; Game 3 moved from Oct. 16 to Oct. 21.
Virginia Baseball Announces 2017 Schedule
Baseball | 10/6/2016
2017 Schedule | The Cavaliers open their season Feb. 17-19 in Charleston, S.C., prior to...
Virginia Plays Fall Exhibition Saturday at Liberty
Baseball | 9/30/2016
Virginia and Liberty will play a fall exhibition game at noon Saturday at Liberty Baseball...
Virginia Announces 2016 Fall Baseball Schedule
Baseball | 09/15/2016
UVA's fall schedule consists of an exhibition game at Liberty on Oct. 1, as well as the team's ...
Virginia to Play Fall Exhibition Oct. 1 at Liberty
Baseball | 08/30/2016
UVA will play a fall exhibition game at Liberty on Oct. 1 at the Liberty Baseball Stadium in...
- Online Stores