UVa. opens regional play on Friday

The Virginia baseball team opens NCAA tournament competition at 11 a.m. Friday when it plays host to Army in the NCAA Charlottesville Regional at Davenport Field. Please note the updated game time; the teams originally were scheduled to play at 4 p.m., but the schedule has been altered because of the high probability for inclement weather.

Oklahoma will play Appalachian State in the second game, which is slated to begin 50 minutes following the conclusion of the first game. Gates open at 9 a.m. Friday.

The losing teams from Friday will play in an elimination game at 1 p.m. Saturday, while the winners will battle at 6 p.m. Saturday. The second elimination game will be contested at 1 p.m. Sunday, with the championship game slated for 6 p.m. Sunday. If necessary, a second championship game will be played at 6 p.m. Monday.

Updated 2012 NCAA Charlottesville Regional Schedule

Friday, June 1
Game 1 – No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 4 Army, 11 a.m.
Game 2 – No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Appalachian State, 50 minutes following conclusion of Game 1

Saturday, June 2
Game 3 – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 1 p.m.
Game 4 – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 6 p.m.

Sunday, June 3
Game 5 – Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 1 p.m.
Game 6 – Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 4, 6 p.m.

Monday, June 4
Game 7 – Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 (if necessary), 6 p.m.

WINA 1070-AM in Charlottesville will join select stations along the Virginia Sports Radio Network with live radio coverage. The audio also will be streamed online at VirginiaSports.com. Live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com. There will be no television broadcast or video webcast for this regional.

All-session General Admission ticket books are currently on sale for $45 and all-session Reserved ticket books are available for $60. Single-session tickets will be $12 for Reserved and $8 for General Admission. Full ticket information can be found here:

http://tiny.cc/ti16ew.

All parking will be paid parking for the entire postseason. Parking on game day will be $5 in the University Hall, John Paul Jones Arena and McCue Center lots. The John Paul Jones Arena parking lot and garage will not be available for baseball parking on Saturday (June 2) because of an event at the arena. Parking will be free throughout the tournament in the Emmet/Ivy Garage.

The winner of the Charlottesville Regional will advance to play the champion of the Columbia Regional in an NCAA Super Regional June 8-11. The Columbia Regional consists of host and No. 8 national seed South Carolina, Clemson, Coastal Carolina and Manhattan.

Virginia (38-17-1, 18-12 ACC) earned a host site and the Charlottesville Regional’s top seed after finishing fourth overall in the ACC. UVa will be competing in its ninth-consecutive NCAA tournament and is one of 10 schools to play in each of the last nine tournaments. This is Virginia’s 12th NCAA appearance. UVa will serve as a regional host site for the sixth time in nine years, including three straight seasons (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012).

Stephen Bruno (R-So., Audubon, N.J.) leads the team with a .362 batting average and hits in 25 of his last 28 games. After going 6-for-10 in the ACC tournament and earning all-tournament team honors, Colin Harrington (R-So., Johnstown, Pa.) has upped his batting average to .312 this year. Derek Fisher (Fr., Rexmont, Pa.) also had a good tournament to boost his average to .309.

RHP Branden Kline (Jr., Frederick, Md.) will get the Game 1 start for Virginia and will be opposed by RHP Chris Rowley. A Second-Team All-ACC pick, Kline is 6-3 with a 3.68 ERA this year. Rowley was the Patriot League Pitcher of the Year after going 11-0 with a 1.97 ERA in the regular season.

UVa is batting an ACC-best .298 this season. The Cavaliers own a .973 fielding percentage and 3.48 team ERA.

No. 4 seed Army (41-13, 18-2 Patriot League) earned its bid to the tournament with an 8-4 win over Holy Cross May 22 in the third and deciding game of the league championship series, as the Black Knights won their fourth conference championship in the last nine years. Kevin McKague leads the squad with a .389 batting average, 16 doubles and 44 RBI. Army is batting .290 as a team and owns a strong 3.20 team ERA as well as a stellar .974 fielding percentage.

No. 2 seed Oklahoma (38-22, 13-10 Big 12) was the Big 12 runner-up after falling to Missouri, 8-7, in the league championship game on Sunday. Max White leads the team with a .356 batting average as well as 54 RBI; he was one of five Sooners on the All-Big 12 team. The Sooners are batting .269 as a team, have a 3.35 team ERA and own a .969 fielding percentage. OU is making its second trip to Charlottesville in the last three years; the Sooners won the 2010 Charlottesville Super Regional, two games to one.

No. 3 seed Appalachian State (39-16, 21-9 Southern Conference) won the SoCon regular-season championship and is making its first NCAA appearance since 1986. The Mountaineers own an impressive .305 team batting average, highlighted by Tyler Tewell at .375. Daniel Kassouf, one of 30 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award, owns a school-record 17 home runs to go with a .345 batting average. The Mountaineers, who boast a road series win over LSU this year, have a 4.16 team ERA and a .970 fielding percentage.



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