WISE, Va. - Following a 31-21 season that ended in a 15-inning game versus Georgetown College in the Mid-South Conference tournament, the Cavaliers are excited to get back on the diamond. UVa-Wise returns 14 players, including six seniors. Rachel Hawks returns as a senior after leading the Cavaliers in the circle in 2013 with a 20-11 record with a 2.25 ERA in 205.2 innings thrown. Kellie Waycaster (So.) and Lannie Johnston (Sr.) also return to the pitching rotation after combining for 10 wins last season. Taylor Brandts, Hailey Glover, and Sarah Beamer joined pitching staff for the 2014 season and should all earn innings.
Offensively, UVa-Wise is coming off of a 2013 season where they averaged 6.5 runs per game and set the single season home run record with 41. The Cavaliers return their top seven hitters by batting average in Christina Ziemba (.371), Charity Lawson (.358), Kristina Romualdo (.339), Rachel Fischer (.319), Allyssa Zebrowski (.316), Megan Dillion (.308), and Sarah Wiltshire (.307). Romualdo tied the UVa-Wise single season record for home runs with 11 and Wiltshire was 22 of 22 in stolen base attempts while scoring 52 for the Cavaliers’ runs.
The Cavaliers will open their 2014 campaign on February 11th in Greenville, TN at Tusculum College. UVa-Wise is scheduled to play 15 contests on the road prior to their first home game on March 22nd against Shepherd University, which will also be the Cavaliers’ inaugural Mountain East Conference matchup. UVa-Wise will compete against several NCAA Division II Atlantic Region schools in their opening games, including 2013 NCAA Division II runner-up Kutztown University.
Overall, the Cavaliers have 45 regular season games scheduled with 16 of the games scheduled to be played at Cavalier Field. UVa-Wise will play local schools King University and Tusculum College in non-conference action. Meanwhile, the MEC schedule features 28 games, 14 of which are scheduled at home, against 11 league foes.
UVa-Wise was picked 7th of the 12 MEC schools and expect depth in key positions to be a strength for this season.