Scouting Report: Virginia team/pitching

The Army Black Knights baseball team faces a strong Virginia team today in Charlottesville, Va. Look inside for a scouting report of Virginia's pitching and an overview of the Cavalier season.

Virginia (47-10) has the nation's third best RPI and was the No. 6 overall seed in the NCAA. The Cavs are no stranger to this Army team. Last season the Black Knights faced UVA in Charlottesville and the results weren't favorable. The Black Knights gave up three runs in the third, sixth and eighth innings en route to a 9-1 loss. Army fell to Oklahoma 2-1 the next day and quickly found its season was over.

Headlining the Cavaliers 2013 list of accomplishments is a series win over No. 1 North Carolina in Chapel Hill and a sweep of No. 8 RPI Florida State.

Virginia bolted out to a 14-0 record before finally losing to Maryland, 4-2. In ACC action the Cavaliers have sweeps over NC State, Wake Forest, Florida State, and Duke. Virginia has lost only two conference series, to Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech, both two games to one.

The Cavs, while playing a tough conference schedule, played a fairly easy non-conference slate which padded their win total.

Virginia pitching is solid but not overwhelming. The Cavaliers have a solid team ERA of 3.14 and allow opponents a .247 batting average.

Virginia's rotation is led by Scott Silverstein (9-1, 3.07 ERA) is a tall (6-foot-6) pitcher who leads the team in opponent batting average (.261). Silverstein has 63 strikeouts on the season and has walked 23 while giving up 28 earned runs.

Brandon Waddell (5-2, 4.02 ERA) is a freshman who has sometimes been used as the Cavs Friday starter. Waddell, another lefty, has struck out a team leading 73 batters while walking 21 and giving up 35 earned runs.

Righty Nick Howard (6-4, 4.02), earned all-conference honors as a DH batting .311 with 36 RBIs. As a pitcher he has struck out 52 while walking just 15 and allowing 23 earned runs, the lowest allowed of the starters.

Lefty closer Kyle Crockett (1.81, 10 saves) was another All-ACC selection for the Cavs. Crockett has 61 strikeouts against only six walks in 49.2 innings pitched.

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