March 22, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The No. 11 Virginia baseball team continues ACC competition this weekend when it plays host to No. 16 NC State at Davenport Field. The teams will play a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday and one game at 7 p.m. Monday. Please note the time change from the original schedule. (game time release)
ESPNU will broadcast the Monday game live, while WINA 1070-AM will have live radio coverage of the first game Saturday as well as the game on Monday. Live video will be available for the Saturday games on VirginiaSports.com with a subscription to Cavaliers Live, while live audio will be available Monday. Live statistics (GameTracker) also will be available for each contest via VirginiaSports.com.
Because of an event at John Paul Jones Arena on Saturday evening, please note the following parking arrangement. Parking will be available in the JPJ, University Hall, Cage and McCue lots until 5:30 p.m. These lots must be vacated by these times. Parking also will be available in the Emmet/Ivy Garage all day; parking in the garage is free until 5:30 p.m., while all cars entering the garage after 5:30 will be charged $5 because of the event at John Paul Jones Arena.
The Washington Nationals Racing Presidents will be making their annual appearance at Davenport Field on Saturday. Also, the first 1,500 fans Saturday will receive the second set of Cavalier baseball trading cards, including Jared King, Colin Harrington, Nate Irving and a special Cavalier Legends card.
Virginia Cavaliers (19-2, 4-2 ACC)
Probable Starting Rotation
Sat. G1 - Fr. LHP Brandon Waddell (2-0, 2.48 ERA)
Sat. G2 - R-Sr. LHP Scott Silverstein (3-0, 3.25 ERA)
Mon. - So. RHP Nick Howard (3-1, 1.27 ERA)
NC State Wolfpack (16-6, 3-3 ACC)
Probable Starting Rotation
Sat. G1 - TBA
Sat. G2 - TBA
Mon. - TBA
Virginia-NC State Series
NC State holds a 112-68-1 edge in the all-time series against Virginia. The Wolfpack won two of three games last year against the Cavaliers in Raleigh; UVa won two of three games the prior year in Charlottesville. The teams have split the last 12 meetings over the past four years.
Starters Shine in First Month
Virginia's starting pitchers have excelled over the first five weeks of the season. UVa's starters own a 13-1 record and 2.16 ERA this year, while batters have hit just .245 against them, including only 20 extra-base hits. The Cavaliers racked up a streak of 42 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings which ran from Feb. 16-March 2.
Freshmen Playing Key Roles
Virginia has leaned heavily on its first-year players early this season, particularly on the mound. Twelve freshmen already have seen playing time - tied for seventh-most nationally and second among ACC teams (Clemson 13, Maryland 12). Tennessee leads the nation with 17 freshmen who have played this year.
Freshmen have accounted for 48.9 percent of the innings pitched this year (93 1/3 of 190 2/3 total). Joe McCarthy has started all 21 contests in the batting order.
Virginia Slows the Running Game
Virginia has shown the propensity to slow its opponents' running game this year. Virginia has allowed just 11 stolen base attempts in 21 games, with seven successful steals. UVa pitchers also have picked off six baserunners. UVa allowed three stolen bases to Maryland, which entered with 44 steals in 12 games.
Virginia Among National Leaders in Runs
Entering the week, Virginia was tied for 13th nationally in runs scored. With 160 runs scored in 18 games (8.4/game), Virginia was eighth nationally in scoring. The Cavaliers rank among the nation's top 20 in eight statistical categories on offense.
Virginia returns home at 5 p.m. Wednesday to play Towson and then entertains Miami next weekend (March 28-30) for a three-game ACC series.