Game Notes: UVA baseball plays host to Radford, VCU this week
RADFORD HIGHLANDERS (10-26, 4-8 BSC)
Probable Starting Pitcher
Sr. LHP Tyler Swarmer (2-2, 3.79 ERA)
VCU RAMS (25-11, 9-3 A-10)
Probable Starting Pitcher
The UVA baseball team entertains Radford on Tuesday and VCU on Wednesday in midweek action at Davenport Field. Both games begin at 6 p.m.
VirginiaSports.com will have the video broadcasts and WINA 1070-AM and 98.9-FM have the radio call of both games. Links to live statistics also can be found on VirginiaSports.com.
The Radford game marks another $2 Tuesday, with $2 hot dogs and Pepsi soft drinks available throughout the evening. The VCU game is the final Rewind Wednesday of the year; this edition features ‘90s music and movie flashbacks throughout the game.
Things to Know
• Brian O’Connor will coach his 800th game at UVA on Tuesday.
• UVA won its 400th game at Davenport Field on Sunday (400-114).
• UVA matched its second-most runs ever against UNC on Sunday (290 total games).
• UVA drew a season-high 13 walks Sunday (7 vs GW), its most in a nine-inning game since recording 14 at Wake Forest on 4/7/13.
• Ernie Clement is riding a nine-game hit streak, matching a career high.
Thaiss Named ACC Player of the Week
Matt Thaiss earned ACC Player of the Week honors after going 8-for-12 (.667) with a triple, home run and seven RBI. Thaiss reached base safely in 14 of his 18 plate appearances (.778 OBP).
He went 3-for-4 and reached base five times in the Sunday win over UNC. Thaiss had two key hits in the Sunday finale, a two-out, two-run single to tie the game in the second inning and a two-run home run in the sixth inning. His four-RBI day on Sunday matched a career high.
Virginia Against In-State Rivals
UVA is 4-2 this season against in-state opponents. Since 2004, the Cavaliers have a 115-26-1 record against in-state foes. UVA has six games remaining against Virginia opponents.
Virginia leads the series with Radford, 18-4-1. The teams were slated to play each of the last two seasons at Davenport Field, but both games were rained out.
The teams’ last two games have gone down to the wire: RU handed UVA its lone midweek loss of the 2013 season with a 9-8 victory on April 10, while UVa pulled out a 3-2, 11-inning win in 2012 in Charlottesville.
UVA is 7-1 vs. Radford under the current coaching staff (since 2004).
Virginia holds a 39-20 lead in its all-time series with VCU. Prior to its 7-5 loss in Richmond on April 5, UVA had won its last 16 meetings with VCU, all during the tenure of the current coaching staff (since 2004). VCU’s last win in Charlottesville came on May 12, 2003, a span of eight games.
Radford dropped two of three games last weekend in its series at Winthrop. Danny Hrbek paces the offense with a .338 batting average, while the team is batting .238 overall. The pitching staff has compiled a 4.77 ERA.
VCU swept a three-game series at La Salle last weekend to stretch its winning streak to six games. Jimmy Kerrigan leads the team in batting at .331, while Matt Davis is hitting .323. The Rams are batting .261 as a team and also own a 3.99 team ERA.
Virginia heads to No. 1-ranked Miami this weekend (Friday through Sunday) for a three-game conference series.