UVA baseball to open 2015 home schedule Wednesday vs. VMI
The long wait is over, as the UVA baseball team is scheduled to open its home schedule at 3 p.m. Wednesday when VMI comes to Davenport Field. Ranked as high as No. 1 nationally, Virginia (10-0) has had nine games postponed or moved to alternate sites because of the inclement weather that has plagued the nation in February and early March.
This marks Virginia’s latest home opener since the 2003 season when UVa also opened on March 4.
Live video will be available online at VirginiaSports.com as part of the Cavaliers Live subscription package. Live statistics (GameTracker) also will be available. The video and live stats also can be accessed through the Virginia Sports app, which is available through iTunes.
Tickets for the originally scheduled Tuesday game will be accepted for admission to the rescheduled contest on Wednesday. Fans also may exchange their tickets in advance for a General Admission ticket to any other regular season game by calling the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 542-8821 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They also can bring their ticket to the gate for General Admission seating at any remaining regular-season home game, subject to seat availability at the time of arrival.
Customers may purchase tickets by logging on to VirginiaSports.com, calling (800) 542-UVA1 or by visiting the ticket office in Bryant Hall during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets will also be sold at the Davenport Field ticket windows beginning one hour prior to each home game.
Gates open one hour prior to game time.
The $2 Tuesdays promotion will be honored at the Wednesday game. $2 Pepsi products and hot dogs will be available at the concessions stands. Free coffee and hot chocolate also will be available.
Fans may text UVABASE to 79516 to subscribe to alerts about Virginia baseball schedule changes and game updates because of inclement weather. Standard text message rates for your individual mobile plan apply. To cancel enrollment, text STOP to 79516.
Virginia in the Latest National Rankings
USA Today Coaches, NCBWA – 1
Collegiate Baseball, Perfect Game – 2
D1Baseball, Baseball America – 3
Virginia holds a 102-30 lead in its all-time series with VMI. Last year the Keydets won in Charlottesville for the first time since 1990, scoring a 3-2 victory over the Cavaliers. It was one of just four home losses that UVa suffered in 2014.
Virginia Starts Season 10-0 for Fourth Time
Virginia is off to a 10-0 start for the fourth time in program history – all during Brian O’Connor’s 12 season as head coach.
UVa won 19 consecutive games to begin the 2009 season. That remains the longest win streak at any point in program history. UVa won 11 straight to open the 2008 season and 14 straight to begin the 2013 campaign.
The Cavaliers are one of four unbeaten teams thus far, joining Mississippi State (13-0), USC (12-0) and Texas A&M (12-0); five schools have yet to play their first game.
Weather Wreaks Havoc on Home Schedule
The recent inclement weather has forced Virginia to postpone three midweek games and relocate a pair of weekend series. The March 4 home opener is the latest UVa home opener since the Cavaliers opened the 2003 home slate on March 4.
UVa was forced to shift its series with Marist (Feb. 20-22) to Charleston, S.C., and its round-robin tournament with Hartford and Seton Hall to Myrtle Beach. UVa’s midweek games with VCU and GW have yet to be rescheduled.
VMI is 2-1 on the season but has not played in 16 days because of the winter weather. The Keydets won their season-opening series at North Florida Feb. 13-15. VMI posted a 25-23 record in 2014, including an 11-16 mark in the Big South Conference. Under first-year head coach Jonathan Hadra, the Keydets return 22 letterwinners, including five position starters. VMI also welcomes back eight pitchers from its 2014 staff.
Virginia starts ACC play this weekend with a three-game series against Pitt at Davenport Field. The teams are slated to play at 4 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This marks Pitt’s first visit to Charlottesville since March 24, 1981.