April 16, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Ranked as high as seventh nationally, the Virginia baseball team returns home at 6 p.m. Wednesday to battle Old Dominion in the opening of a six-game homestand. The programs are meeting for the first time since 2008.
Live audio will be available through a Cavaliers Live subscription on VirginiaSports.com. Live statistics (GameTracker) also will be available on VirginiaSports.com.
WINA 1070-AM will have the live radio broadcast in the Charlottesville area.
Parking will be available in the University Hall, Cage and McCue parking lots as well as the Emmet/Ivy Garage. Parking will not be available in the John Paul Jones Arena lot or garage. (Parking Map)
Virginia Cavaliers (31-6, 13-5 ACC)
Probable Starting Pitcher
Old Dominion Monarchs (18-16, 8-10 CAA)
Probable Starting Pitcher
R-Jr. RHP Brett Harris (0-0, 3.00 ERA)
Virginia in the Latest National Rankings
Baseball America, Perfect Game - 7
NCBWA, USA Today Coaches - 8
Collegiate Baseball - 9
Old Dominion holds a 29-24-2 advantage in the all-time series with Virginia, as the teams meet Wednesday for the first time since Feb. 27, 2008, a 7-3 UVa win at Davenport Field. UVa is 3-3 against ODU under Brian O'Connor. No current UVa player has played in a game against Old Dominion.
Former UVa pitcher Tim LaVigne (1997-2000) is in his second season as an assistant coach on the ODU staff.
Virginia Plays Sixth In-State Game This Year
Under the current coaching staff (since 2004), the Cavaliers have an 85-13-1 record against in-state opponents. UVa is 4-1 this year against foes from the commonwealth of Virginia.
Virginia Aims to Bounce Back
Virginia is coming off its first ACC series loss of the season after dropping two of three games at then-No. 17 Georgia Tech last weekend. UVa won its first five ACC series of the year and captured 30 of its first 33 games prior to going 1-3 last week.
Quick Homestand, then Back on Road
Virginia will play its next six games at home, a brief recess from its stretch of road games in April. UVa is playing 11 of its 19 April contests on the road; thus far, the Cavaliers are 6-3 in April, including a 5-2 mark on the road. UVa travels to Virginia Tech April 26-28 and VCU on April 30 to wrap up the month.
Odds and Ends
Virginia pitchers have issued by far the fewest walks in the ACC (77).
UVa's six losses have come by a combined seven runs.
UVa is second nationally in K-to-BB ratio (4.16).
UVa is third in the ACC in ERA (2.70) and batting (.307) and seventh in fielding (.968).
Brian O'Connor was named Baseball America's National Coach of the First Half.
Noting Old Dominion
Old Dominion sports an 18-16 record, including an 8-10 mark in its final season in the CAA after dropping two of three games at Hofstra last weekend. The Monarchs will move to Conference USA next year. ODU will play at Liberty Tuesday night prior to coming to Charlottesville.
Ben Verlander leads the Monarchs in most statistical categories, including batting (.375), hits (42), runs (28), homers (10) and RBI (27). He paces an ODU offense which has recorded a .272 batting average this year. ODU owns a 4.34 team ERA and a .963 fielding percentage.
UVa remains at home this weekend for a three-game ACC series against No. 5 Florida State. Tickets are going fast, and fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets