Feb. 9, 2005
`HOOS UP NEXT?: The Virginia Cavaliers (0-0, 0-0 ACC) will travel to Wilmington, N.C. to face the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks (2-0, 0-0 CAA) in a three-game, non-conference series at Brooks Field. The series is UVa’s season-opener. The Seahawks stand 2-0 on the year after defeating Maryland Eastern Shore 10-0 and 16-0 in a pair of games last weekend.
VIRGINIA’S CURRENT RECORD & RANKINGS: Virginia (0-0, 0-0 ACC) is ranked #27 in the Collegiate Baseball Top-30 Poll and is #32 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Top-35 Poll in this week’s national rankings. UVa is also receiving 29 votes in the Sports Weekly/ESPN Top-25 Poll. The Cavaliers are not ranked by Baseball America.
Virginia Baseball National Rankings:
COLLEGIATE BASEBALL TOP-30 POLLDate UVa's Ranking UVa's RecordPreseason #27 0-0, 0-0 ACCFebruary 7 #27 0-0, 0-0 ACC
NCBWA TOP-35 POLLDate UVa’s Ranking UVa’s RecordPreseason #32 0-0, 0-0 ACCFebruary 7 #32 0-0, 0-0 ACC
SPORTS WEEKLY/ESPN COACHES TOP-25 POLLDate UVa’s Ranking UVa’s RecordPreseason Receiving Votes (79) 0-0, 0-0 ACCFebruary 7 Receiving Votes (29) 0-0, 0-0 ACC
BASEBALL AMERICA TOP-25 POLLDate UVa’s Ranking UVa’s RecordPreseason Not Ranked 0-0, 0-0 ACCFebruary 7 Not Ranked 0-0, 0-0 ACC
VIRGINIA’S PITCHING ROTATION FOR UNCW: Virginia is expected to use the pitching rotation of Matt Avery (RHP), Mike Ballard (LHP) and Jeff Kamrath (RHP) against UNC Wilmington on February 11-13. Avery is expected to get the start on Friday, Ballard is slated to start on Saturday and Kamrath is the probable starter for Sunday.
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VIRGINIA PICKED SIXTH IN ACC PRESEASON POLL: Virginia was picked to finish sixth in the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Baseball Coaches Poll. UVa returns a solid core of position players and a majority of its pitchers from last year’s NCAA Regional advancing team that finished 44-15 overall, 18-6 in the conference. The ACC’s 11 head coaches selected league-newcomer Miami as the top pick in the conference in 2005 with eight first place votes and a total of 118 points. UVa was picked seventh in the 2004 preseason coaches poll last year and finished second. Here is a look at the 2005 ACC Preseason Coaches Poll:
2005 ACC Preseason Baseball Coaches Poll
Rank School Points 2004 Record1. Miami (8) 118 50-13 - Ind.2. North Carolina (3) 110 43-21, 14-10 ACC3. Georgia Tech 93 44-21, 18-5 ACC4. Florida State 89 45-23, 16-8 ACC5. Clemson 80 39-26, 14-10 ACC6. Virginia 63 44-15, 18-6 ACC7. NC State 55 36-24, 11-12 ACC8. Wake Forest 34 17-33, 4-20 ACC9. Maryland 30 22-34, 4-20 ACCt-10. Duke 27 25-31, 8-16 ACCt-10. Virginia Tech 27 29-27, 11-15 Big East
(#) denotes first place votes
ZIMMERMAN GATHERS ALL-AMERICAN HONORS: Virginia’s Ryan Zimmerman has been honored by several publications as a 2005 Preseason All-American selection. Zimmerman, a third-year third baseman, was named a Second Team Preseason All-American by Baseball American, a Second Team Preseason All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and a Third Team Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball. He was also named USA Baseball’s Athlete of the Year.
PRESEASON PUB: Virginia’s Matt Avery, Casey Lambert, Sean Doolittle and Ryan Zimmerman have garnered preseason attention for their play. Avery was named a Top-10 prospect in the ACC by Baseball America and was tabbed a Second Team All-ACC preseason pick by SEBaseball.com. Lambert was named a Second Team All-ACC preseason choice by SEBaseball.com and Doolittle was named the Preseason Freshman of the Year by Baseball America. Zimmerman, an All-American third baseman, was named the best defensive third baseman in the ACC.
TEAM CAPTAINS: Virginia’s Scott Headd, Jeff Kamrath, Matt Street and Kyle Werman were selected as UVa’s team captains for the 2005 season. Kamrath, Street and Werman are fifth-year seniors and Headd is a true fourth-year.
O’CONNOR-METER: Virginia head baseball coach Brian O’Connor is in his second year as UVa’s head coach. His career coaching record at UVa stands at 44-15 overall, 18-6 in the ACC.
THEY’RE BACK!: Virginia’s LHP Mike Ballard and RHP Jeff Kamrath are back in action in 2005 after missing the 2004 season due to injuries. Ballard and Kamrath were UVa’s top two pitchers in the weekend rotation for the 2003 season before injuries cut their seasons short. In Ballard’s last outing for the Cavaliers, he stifled #20 Clemson when he shut down a potent Tiger offense and handed them their first home loss of the season by tossing 5.0 scoreless innings and striking out six batters to pace Virginia to a 4-1 road win in Clemson, S.C. on April 5, 2003. In Kamrath last outing for the Cavaliers, he pitched a compete game shutout and struck out 11 batters on March 28, 2003 in a 6-0 victory over Maryland.
UVA IN HOME-OPENERS: Over the past 25 seasons, Virginia stands 22-1-2 (.920) in home-openers. UVa defeated Maryland-Eastern Shore on February 19th to win its 2004 home-opener. Virginia will open its 2005 season against Bucknell on February 18th. The Cavaliers have not lost a home-opener since a 6-2 setback to VCU back on March 1, 1989. Virginia has either won or tied its home-opener the past 15 consecutive seasons.
Here is a look at UVa’s home openers since 1980:
Year Opponent Date Result/Score2005 Bucknell 2/18 TBA2004 Maryland Eastern Shore 2/19 W, 15-22003 James Madison 3/4 W, 3-22002 Bucknell 2/16 W, 10-32001 Navy 2/17 W, 9-12000 Old Dominion 2/16 T, 14-141999 Penn State 2/20 W, 6-31998 Penn State 2/21 W, 5-21997 Seton Hall 2/22 W, 11-101996 Old Dominion 2/19 W, 3-21995 Marshall 2/18 W, 5-01994 Georgetown 2/25 W, 14-01993 Marshall 2/20 W, 4-21992 VMI 2/22 W, 14-51991 Liberty 2/25 T, 5-51990 William & Mary 2/23 W, 6-31989 VCU 3/1 L, 6-21988 West Chester 2/28 W, 13-81987 VCU 3/4 W, 6-11986 Seton Hall 3/1 W, 3-21985 Seton Hall 3/1 W, 3-01984 George Mason 3/4 W, 12-11983 VCU 3/5 W, 11-81982 Norfolk State 3/22 W, 15-81981 Westfield State 3/12 W, 21-81980 Longwood 3/17 W, 10-8
UVA’S 2005 EARLY SIGNING PERIOD RECRUITING CLASS RANKED IN TOP-10: Virginia’s early signing period recruiting class was ranked 10th in the country according to Team One Baseball. UVa’s 2005 recruiting class consists of David Adams, David Caldwell, Andrew Carraway, Jeremy Farrell, Chance Gilmore, Shooter Hunt, Brandon Marsh, Greg Miclat, Brett Summers, Jacob Thompson and Wes Williams.
VIRGINIA’S 2004 RECRUITING CLASS WAS RANKED IN TOP-40: Virginia’s 2004 recruiting class was ranked #32 in the country according to Collegiate Baseball’s recruiting results in the newspaper’s 22nd annual rundown of NCAA Division I baseball recruiting classes. UVa’s recruiting class was the top-rated class in the Commonwealth of Virginia and was one of seven classes from an Atlantic Coast Conference school that appeared in the Top-40.