Game Notes: UVA baseball hosts VCU on Tuesday

uva baseballUVA baseball will resume its home stand on Tuesday (May 1) with a non-conference matchup against VCU (28-16) at Disharoon Park. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.

Game Coverage

The game can be heard live on WINA 1070 AM /98.9 FM and online on WINA.com. Links for the broadcast and live stats can be found on VirginiaSports.com. Fans can also get in-game updates on twitter by following @UVABaseball

Promotions

Virginia athletics will continue its $2 Tuesday promotion with $2 popcorn at the game against VCU. Visit any of the concession stands located throughout Disharoon Park to take advantage of the special promotion.

Clear Bag Policy

Consistent with what is already in place at Scott Stadium, John Paul Jones Arena and Klöckner Stadium fans attending games at Disharoon Park this season must adhere to the department’s clear bag policy and entrance procedures. Details of the of the policy can be found here: http://www.virginiasports.com/facilities/clear_bag_Davenport_Klockner.html

Probable Starting Pitchers

  • VCU: RHP Ryan Fox (0-2, 18.69 ERA, 4.1 IP, 6 BB, 2 SO)
  • Virginia: RHP Kyle Whitten (2-0, 5.40 ERA, 23.1 IP, 16 BB, 25 SO)

Leading Off

  • Virginia will close out its midweek home and home series against VCU on Tuesday night. Back on March 28 at the Diamond in Richmond, VCU came away with an 11-3 victory.
  • The Cavaliers aim to snap a three-game losing streak after dropping all three games against then-No. 10 Clemson at Disharoon Park this past weekend.
  • AfterTuesday’scontest, Virginia won’t play a game until May 11, the opener of a three-game series at home against Georgia Tech.
  • At home this season, Virginia is 8-1 in midweek games and 18-10 overall at Disharoon Park.
  • The Cavaliers are 15-5 against non-conference opponents this season and 9-3 against teams from the Commonwealth.

Close Calls

  • Virginia has played six-straight one run games for the first time in program history, a span of 130 years and 4,112 games.
  • There have been four separate occasions in which the Cavaliers have played five-straight one-run games (1986, 1978, 1949 & 1906).
  • Virginia has played 19, one-run games this season and own a 10-9 mark.

Last Go Around

  • When VCU and Virginia met last month, the Rams were one of the hottest teams in college baseball. The 11-3 win over the Cavaliers was VCU’s 13th-straight win. The streak extended to 14 with a win in St. Louis a day later.
  • The Rams scored seven runs over the first two innings in the season’s first meeting. Seven of the 11 VCU runs came with two outs.
  • The Rams two, three and four hitters (Daane Breezo, Paul Witt and Mitchel Lacey) combined for seven runs scored, six hits, three RBIs and five walks. Breezo had a game-high three hits in the contest.

On the Mound

  • Freshman Kyle Whitten will make his second career start on Tuesday. He has appeared in 15 games, for Virginia this season.
  • In his first collegiate start against Liberty on April 18, Whitten established career-high in innings pitched (4.2) and strikeouts (6). He retired nine batters in a row after walking the first batter of the game and earned his second win of the season.
  • Seven different Virginia relievers combined to for 17 strikeouts in 11 innings of work in the three-game series against Clemson.
  • Virginia ranks third in the country in strikeouts per nine innings, averaging 10.5 per game.

Stingy D

  • Virginia has not committed a fielding error in four-consecutive games, a total of 125 chances.
  • The last time Virginia went mistake free in the field for four-straight games was in the 2015 College World Series, the final four games of the season.
  • The Cavaliers are tied for 7th in the ACC with a .972 fielding percentage.

Player Notes/Trends

  • With a hit by pitch RBI in the eighth inning of Sunday’s series finale, Andy Weber extended his reached base streak to 30 games. He is one of 22 active players in the NCAA with a streak longer than 30 games. Liberty’s D.J. Artis has the longest active streak, reaching 50-straight dating back to last season.
  • Weber comes intoTuesdayranked second in the ACC in hits (63) and doubles (17). At .358, he comes into Tuesday with the third-highest batting average in the league.
  • Tanner Morris has six hits in his last five games and has reached base in his last 16 games.
  • Catcher Cameron Comer has started the last 21 games at catcher. He scored a career-high three runs scored in the series finale against Clemson.
  • Reliever Mack Meyer pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless baseballon Saturdayvs. Clemson. He has not allowed a run in seven of his last eight appearances.
  • Nate Eikhoff has recorded a hit in five of his last six games. The corner infielder is one of three Cavaliers to start all 44 games this season.

Noting VCU

  • VCU dropped two out of three at Davidson in Atlantic 10 action over the weekend. The Rams scored nine runs in each of their two losses against the Wildcats.
  • Freshman Hogan Brown was the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week after reaching base 17 times (15 hits, 5 walks) last week. Brown leads the league in batting and is 37thin the country with a .380 average.
  • The Rams sport a .982 fielding percentage, the sixth-highest in the country.


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