UVa. releases baseball schedule
Virginia baseball coach Brian O’Connor has announced the Cavaliers’ 2013 schedule. The 54-game slate includes home ACC series against Florida State, Miami, NC State, Maryland and Duke as well as a three-game non-conference series at East Carolina.
The schedule features 21 games against programs that advanced to the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Twelve of UVa’s 20 road games will feature opponents that reached the NCAA tournament last year.
“Our players and coaches are looking forward to the upcoming 2013 season,” O’Connor said. “We have many exciting ACC opponents as well as challenging non-conference games. Our home schedule will allow Cavalier fans to once again experience some great baseball at Davenport Field. Every season, our schedule creates a great opportunity for our program to be challenged at the highest level of college baseball, and we look forward to the opportunity again this season.”
After a year hiatus, Virginia renews its series against East Carolina Feb. 15-17, as the Cavaliers travel to Greenville, N.C., to battle the Pirates for the season-opening weekend. The teams played home-and-home series in 2010 and 2011 and met again in the 2011 NCAA Charlottesville Regional, with UVa eliminating ECU in the championship game. The Pirates were NCAA Regional participants again last year.
Virginia opens its 34-game home schedule Feb. 19 at Davenport Field against William and Mary, marking the start of a 14-game home stand that lasts until March 13. As part of that stretch, the Cavaliers will play a three-game weekend series against Toledo (Feb. 22-24) and also a three-team round robin tournament the following weekend against Harvard and Bucknell (March 1-3). Toledo is the lone first-time opponent on the Cavaliers’ schedule, and UVa will be facing Harvard for the first time since 1965.
The Cavaliers open ACC play March 8-10 at home against Maryland. Virginia also will play home ACC series against NC State (March 22-24), Miami (March 29-31), Florida State (April 19-21) and Duke (May 10-12). FSU played in the College World Series last year, while NC State was an NCAA Super Regional participant and Miami hosted a regional.
Virginia’s five ACC road series are scheduled for Clemson (March 15-17), Wake Forest (April 5-7), Georgia Tech (April 12-14), Virginia Tech (April 26-28) and North Carolina (May 16-18). Clemson, Georgia Tech and UNC all competed in the NCAA tournament last season. UVa will play in Winston-Salem, N.C., against Wake Forest for the first time since sweeping the Demon Deacons there in 2009.
For the second straight year, UVa will not face Boston College in ACC play.
Virginia has non-conference home-and-home series slated against in-state foes Liberty and VCU. The Cavaliers will play host to Liberty on March 13 and travel to Lynchburg April 2 to play in the Flames’ new stadium. It will be the Cavaliers’ first game in Lynchburg since the 2005 season. UVa will travel to The Diamond in Richmond on April 30, with VCU returning to Charlottesville on May 14.
Virginia also will play host to George Washington (Feb. 26), VMI (March 6), Yale (March 19-20), Towson (March 26), Radford (April 10), Old Dominion (April 17), Richmond (April 23) and James Madison (April 24) in non-conference action.
The regular-season schedule is subject to change based on broadcast selections made by the ACC’s television and digital media broadcast partners. Both dates and times of games could be altered.
The Cavaliers return 18 letterwinners, including five position starters, from their 2012 squad which went 39-19-1 and reached the NCAA tournament for the ninth-consecutive season. UVa also welcomes a large class of 14 freshmen to form a young nucleus to the team. Of the 34 players currently on the roster, 25 are underclassmen.
2013 Season Ticket Information
Virginia 2013 baseball season tickets and 10-game packages go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday (Nov. 12). The entire grandstand (sections 101-109) will be Reserved seating with chairback seats replacing the bleacher seats in the grandstand for the 2013 season.
2013 season ticket prices are the same as they were for the 2012 season. Reserved Seat season tickets in sections 104-106 are $200 for adults and $175 for youth, seniors, and UVa faculty and staff. Reserved Seat season tickets in sections 101-103 and 107-109 are $175 for adults and $150 for youth, seniors, and UVa faculty and staff. All Reserved Seat season tickets are initially only available to renewing 2012 season ticket holders.
General Admission seating for the 2012 season is available in the first baseline bleachers in sections A-D and F, the left and right field bleachers, and on the hillside down the left field line. General Admission season tickets are $100 for adults and $75 for youth, seniors, and UVa faculty and staff.
The season ticket priority ordering deadline is Monday, Dec. 10. Fans wishing to renew tickets or purchase new season tickets should place their order by this date to take full advantage of Virginia Athletics Foundation priority.
Fans interested in purchasing new Reserved Seat season tickets may request to be added to the Reserved Seat wait list by contacting the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office. Should Reserved seats become available, they will be offered to customers on the wait list in Virginia Athletics Foundation priority point order.
2012 Virginia baseball season ticket holders should expect to receive their electronic application by email on Nov. 12 and a paper application in the mail on Nov. 12 or 13. Fans may renew their season tickets online by logging into their individual ticket account at VirginiaSports.com/tickets beginning at 9 a.m. Monday (Nov. 12).
A three-month payment plan is available to fans that purchase season tickets by the Dec. 10 priority ordering deadline.
Fans can purchase tickets online at VirginiaSports.com/tickets or through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium. The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for in-person or phone purchases. Phone purchases can be made by calling 1-800-542-UVA1 (8821) or locally at 434-924-UVA1 (8821).