The Hoos will take on the #3 seed tonight in an attempt to advance to their fourth Super Regional in five years. Standing on the mound will be SR. RHP Nate Young.
Young entered the season as the likely closer for the Phoenix. He recorded 11 saves last season which ranked 2nd in the SoCon and 3rd in Elon program history. He also posted a 2.13 ERA, which was good for the team lead. He also finished the season with a 3-1 record and .230 batting average against.
This year it looks like he started out as the team's closer recording seven saves before the middle of April. Reports are that after an injury he was forced into the rotation. He had a great outing about a month ago at Wake Forest where he threw six innings and didn't give up a run while surrendering only two hits. His last three outings have not been as much fun for the senior. Against Samford at the beginning of May he gave up five runs on four hits in five innings, against the College of Charleston in the SoCon tournament he gave up two runs in only 0.2 innings, and in his last appearance against Georgia Southern he allowed four runs on eight hits in only four innings.
In total, Young has a 2-1 record and a 5.40 ERA in 34 innings. He's averaging nearly a K per inning, but also allowing a hit per inning. He is prone to walks, and has 20 on the season.
Look for the Cavaliers to be aggressive at the plate. They've put together a load of hits this weekend, but don't have a lot to show from it having only scored four runs. They need to set a tone early tonight and Young could be just the guy to help UVa's offense to get going.
Whit Mayberry will get the start for the Hoos and if recent history is anything to bank on, Mayberry will come out guns blazing. Arguably UVa's best postseason pitcher the past three years should give Whit a lot of confidence against a lineup that he saw Scott Silverstein hold scoreless last night.