Game Notes: No. 21 UVA heads to Pitt for ACC weekend series
PITT PANTHERS (21-14, 8-9 ACC)
Probable Starting Rotation
Sat. G1 – Jr. RHP T.J. Zeuch (5-0, 2.63 ERA)
Sat. G2 – Sr. RHP Aaron Sandefur (3-3, 3.58 ERA)
Sun. – TBA
The No. 21 UVA baseball team travels to Pitt Saturday and Sunday for a three-game ACC series. The teams will play a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday and conclude the weekend with a 1 p.m. Sunday game.
A live audio broadcast can be accessed on VirginiaSports.com via a Cavaliers Live subscription. The radio broadcasts for all three games will air on WINA 1070-AM and 98.9-FM. A link to live statistics also can be found on VirginiaSports.com.
Pitt will provide live video broadcasts for the series through a subscription on PittsburghPanthers.com.
Things to Know
• Virginia is No. 24 in the latest RPI, with upcoming ACC series vs. No. 33 Pitt and No. 22 Georgia Tech.
• UVA has four PA natives on its roster (Karstetter, McCarthy, Rosenberger, Simmons).
• UVA is 1-2 on FieldTurf this year.
• Over the last 10 games, Matt Thaiss is batting .441 (13 RBI), Pavin Smith .395 (8 RBI) and Nate Eikhoff is .385 (10 RBI).
• Ernie Clement has reached base in 15 straight games.
Virginia owns a 9-3 edge in the series after winning two of three games last season in Cary, N.C. (series moved from Charlottesville because of inclement weather). UVA won two of three game in Pittsburgh April 4-6, 2014, in the teams’ first games as ACC foes. The teams combined for 10 runs in the 2014 series, with both of UVA’s wins coming by shutout, including Nathan Kirby’s no-hitter in Game 1.
Life on the Road
Virginia is in the midst of an eight-game road trip – UVA’s longest stretch of regular-season true road games since 1999. UVA is 3-1 thus far in the trip, including a series win at then-No. 1 Miami.
Five Pitt players are batting over .300, led by shortstop Charles Leblanc at .423, which ranks fifth in the ACC. Frank Maldonado is hitting .331, while Alex Kowalczyk stands at .321 with eight home runs, 14 doubles and 36 RBI. The Panthers are batting .293 as a team. Led by ace T.J. Zeuch, Pitt has a 4.47 team ERA. Pitt also owns a .957 fielding percentage.
Virginia wraps up its road swing at 7 p.m. Tuesday (May 3) with a non-conference game at Liberty. UVA then will have nine days off for final exams before returning to action May 13-15 at home against No. 25 Georgia Tech.