The Virginia baseball team is riding hot after winning six straight during their recent homestand. Last weekend’s sweep of Pittsburgh puts the Cavaliers back in the ACC race and gave a much needed confidence boost.
This weekend, they’ll take that confidence to Blacksburg to take on the Hokies who are looking for some confidence of their own.
It has been a rough season so far for the Hokies. After taking two fo three from Florida State in early March, they were swept at Pitt, but bounced back by sweeping Boston College, and then getting swept again at home last weekend by Clemson.
At 6-9 in the Conference, Virginia Tech is already 6 games behind the Tar Heels, and 2 games behind UVa in the division. Not to mention, only Boston College has a worse ACC record in the Atlantic.
Even though the Hokies haven’t put an impressive record on the board, they always seem to have the Hoos’ number in Blacksburg, having won three of the last four series at Virginia Tech.
The main story to watch this weekend will be the new look rotation the Cavaliers rolled out last weekend to much success against the Hokies’ potent offensive lineup. The Hokies lead the nation in home runs with 63, but will also feature four of the ACC’s top 20 batters, lead Jack Owens, who sports a .368 average. Now, even though they have four of the top 20 hitters in the conference, the team is batting just .271 in conference.
Although their rotation will have three starters with positive records and sub-3.50 ERAs, in ACC play, Kit Scheetz and Nick Anderson have a 4.50 ERA or worse, and Friday night starter Connor Coward is at a 3.52 ERA. The best number however is the .296 opponents are batting against Virginia Tech pitchers in ACC play. The Cavaliers’ offense should be able to feast on Hokie pitching.
The series gets started tonight through Saturday (for Easter?) and can be streamed online through the ACC Network on Thursday and Friday.