Virginia baseball heads to Charleston

Virginia’s Joe McCarthy (31) and the Cavaliers will play four games in the Lowcountry this weekend after making the College World Series finals last season. (AP Photo/Ted Kirk)

With a high temperature of 24 degrees projected for Friday in Charlottesville, Va., the Virginia baseball team has decided that discretion is the better part of freezing.

The Cavaliers have moved their three-game series against Marist, slated for Friday through Sunday, to various ballparks around the Lowcountry, where the temperature is expected to be 37 on Friday, 62 on Saturday and 67 on Sunday. Virginia also picked up an extra game against LaSalle, which will be in town to play Charleston Southern.

Lowcountry fans can see Virginia, which made the College World Series finals last season, face LaSalle at 11 a.m. Saturday at Charleston Southern before journeying to Mount Pleasant for a 5 p.m. game against Marist at Patriots Point. On Sunday, the Cavs will play Marist at 11 a.m. at Riley Park. The date and site of a Friday game against Marist is still to be determined.

“With the weather we’ve had and the forecast for the weekend, it became clear that playing at (home) this weekend is not an option,” Virginia head coach Brian O’Connor said. “The only way to play these games is to relocate the series. We thank our fans for their understanding in this unique situation. They’ve played a big part in the success we’ve had at Davenport Field in recent years and we look forward to having a great home-field advantage once again this spring. I appreciate the help of The Citadel, Charleston Southern, the College of Charleston and the Charleston RiverDogs to make this happen on short notice.”