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Richmond Faces Virginia on Tuesday in Charlottesville
Courtesy:Richmond Athletics
Release:04/16/2012
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UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team will head up I-64 on Tuesday to face the Virginia Cavaliers in a midweek matchup.  First pitch at Davenport Field is scheduled for 6 p.m. with live stats available at RichmondSpiders.com.

Scouting the Spiders
The Richmond Spiders will head to Charlottesville this Tuesday boasting an overall record of 18-15 on the season.  This past weekend, the Spiders took two of three at home against Atlantic 10 foe George Washington.

Redshirt junior Matt Zink has been Richmond's most consistent hitter this season, leading the team with a .351 batting average.  Senior Chris Cowell leads the A-10 with 13 home runs on the season, while junior Jacob Mayers is second in the conference with 36 RBIs on the year.  As a team this season, the Spiders are hitting .291 with 44 homers and 199 RBIs.

On the mound, Richmond has been led by Mayers and freshman Zak Sterling.  Mayers has posted a 5-2 record on the year with 65 strikeouts, while Sterling has posted a team-best 3.48 ERA and a 4-1 mark.  As a pitching staff, the team has tallied 241 strikeouts and recorded an ERA of 5.37.

Scouting the Cavaliers
The Virginia Cavaliers come in to Tuesday's game with the Spiders with an overall record of 23-12-1 on the season.  Entering last weekend, UVA was ranked No. 23 by the NCBWA, but dropped all three games to No. 9 North Carolina in an ACC series.

Headlining the Virginia offense this season has been senior Jared King who leads the team with 35 RBIs and a .347 batting average.  Freshman Derek Fisher has hit a team-best five home runs, while junior Stephen Bruno has 10 doubles on the season.

The pitching for the Cavaliers has been terrific this season, as the staff has posted an ERA of 3.23, allowing opponents to hit just .212.  Junior Branden Kline is 5-2 this season, striking out a team-high 63 batters.  Out of the bullpen, senior closer Justin Thompson has recorded six saves.

The Series
In the overall series between Virginia and Richmond, the Cavaliers hold a 78-58-2 record over the Spiders in their 138 all-time meetings.  The series, which began in 1898, has been controlled by UVA recently, as they have won nine straight.  The last time Richmond defeated UVA was in 2003, when the Spiders swept a doubleheader in Richmond.

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