Baseball: #10 Virginia wraps up homestand against Wagner
WAGNER SEAHAWKS (3-2)
Probable Starting Rotation
Tue. – Sr. RHP Mike Adams (0-1, 4.26 ERA)
Wed – Fr. LHP Neil Abbatiello (0-0, 2.25 ERA)
The Virginia baseball team concludes its 10-game homestand with a two-game midweek series against Wagner on Tuesday and Wednesday. Both games are slated to start at 4 p.m. at Davenport Field.
An audio broadcasts is available Tuesday, while a video broadcast is available Wednesday – both through a Cavaliers Live subscription on VirginiaSports.com. Links to live statistics for both games also can be found on VirginiaSports.com.
The Tuesday matchup is a $2 Tuesday ($2 Hoo Dogs and 22 oz. Pepsi products). The second game of the series marks the first Rewind Wednesday of the season – 70s Night at Davenport Field.
Cavaliers in the Updated Rankings
10 – Baseball America, 18 – D1Baseball and USA Today Coaches
Things to Know
• UVA has scored at least four runs in 10 of its 11 games this season.
• 57 of UVA’s 128 hits have come with two outs (44.5 percent).
• Virginia has outscored its opponents 59-16 in the first five innings of games this season.
• Matt Thaiss was 7-for-15 (.467) last week.
• UVA is fielding at a .980 clip (six errors in eight games).
Virginia and Wagner have met just once previously, a 5-2 UVA victory on March 18, 2009, at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers’ lineup that day featured three future major leaguers – Jarrett Parker, Phil Gosselin and John Hicks.
Pinero Gets Bat Going
After a slow start to the season, Daniel Pinero was on fire last week. The junior was 10-for-17 (.588) last week, scoring six runs while also driving in six runs. He had at least one RBI in each of the four games. Pinero was 3-for-26 (.115) over the first two weeks of the season.
Wagner enters the week with a 3-2 record after sweeping a doubleheader at Norfolk State on Sunday. Nick Mascelli is off to a hot start, going 15-for-24 (.625) with a team-high five RBI. Wagner went 27-23-1 last year, including a 15-9 mark in NEC play. The Seahawks return 20 letterwinners, including five position starters, from that team.
Virginia starts ACC play this weekend (March 11-13) against Duke at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.