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Virginia Plays Ontario Blue Jays at 1 p.m. Saturday in Exhibition

Brandon Downes

Sept. 20, 2012

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The 2013 edition of the Virginia baseball team will be on display for the first time Saturday when the Cavaliers take on the Ontario Blue Jays in exhibition action at Davenport Field. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.

The game is scheduled to last 14 innings.

There is no admission charge. Parking will be available in the University Hall lots. Concession and merchandise stands also will be open during the Saturday game.

Virginia will be showing off Davenport Field's new playing surface, which was part of a $1 million field renovation project.

After removing 14 inches of the existing soil from the previous surface, crews installed a new irrigation and field drainage system before laying a new sand-based playing surface. The project also included the installation of a new synthetic warning track that will run in foul territory between the foul poles as well as new dugout flooring surfaces and a new FieldTurf collar behind home plate.

The team held its first practice on the new field on Wednesday.

Virginia has two more exhibitions this fall. The Cavaliers will face Towson on Sept. 29; the game time for that contest will be announced once the UVa-Louisiana Tech football game time is established on Sunday. Virginia also will play Georgetown at 1 p.m. Oct. 21.

Virginia's annual intrasquad Orange and Blue World Series begins Oct. 3 and runs through Oct. 16.

The Cavaliers return 19 letterwinners, including five position starters, from their 2012 squad which went 39-19-1 and reached the NCAA tournament for the ninth-consecutive season. UVa also welcomes a large class of 15 freshmen to form a young nucleus to the team. Of the 36 players currently on the fall roster, 26 are underclassmen.

 

 

Fall Exhibition Games
Sat., Sept. 22, 1 p.m. - Ontario Blue Jays
Sat., Sept. 29, time TBA - Towson*
Sun., Oct. 21, 1 p.m. - Georgetown
*time based on game time for Virginia-Louisiana Tech football game

Orange and Blue World Series
Game 1 - Wed., Oct. 3, 6 p.m.
Game 2 - Mon., Oct. 8, 6 p.m.
Game 3 - Fri., Oct. 12, 6 p.m.
Game 4 - Sun., Oct. 14, 4 p.m.
Game 5 - Tue., Oct. 16, 6 p.m.

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