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#2 UVa Baseball Ready for Series with #14 Clemson

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

The Virginia baseball team will return home for another big conference series this weekend, as the second-ranked Cavaliers will take on #14 Clemson at Davenport Field.

Sophomore John La Prise says, "We're really excited, the weather is supposed to be really nice this weekend. The grass looks a little bit greener. We're expecting more fans to come out, so we're really excited. It can get pretty loud here."

"This is the great time of the year," adds head coach Brian O'Connor.  "The weather turns. We start to get great crowds out here. Obviously every game, every weekend is meaningful in our league. We've got great opponents from here on out, and it should be a great weekend of baseball in Charlottesville, and I hope all our fans come out and support our team."

Clemson is leading the ACC in batting with a .292 average, and are scoring 6.5 runs per game.

The Virginia offense is 4th in the league.

They're #1 in pitching, giving up just two runs per game, and the Cavaliers allowed just two runs in three games at Pitt last weekend.

O'Connor says, "Our pitching has done the job all year long. Our starting pitching has been very consistent, and we've done a nice job out of the bullpen. Clemson has that kind of pitching too, so it should be a great match-up. In no way will I expect our guys to pitch at the clip that they did last weekend. You just don't do that. That's why it's one of those very rare and special weekends."

LaPrise says, "Our pitching staff is doing awesome right now. We have a lot of confidence with our guys on the mound, and a lot of confidence going into this series."

UVa is 18-1 on its home field this season.

First pitch is scheduled for Friday at six o'clock at Davenport Field.

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