Virginia Baseball Set To Face Richmond On Wednesday
March 1, 2005
`HOOS UP NEXT?: The Virginia Cavaliers (8-3, 0-0 ACC) will face the Richmond Spiders (3-4, 0-0 Atlantic 10) in a non-conference game on Wednesday, March 2nd at 2:30 PM at Pitt Field in Richmond, Va. The contest was originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 1st at 2:30 PM but was rescheduled for Wednesday due to inclement weather in the Richmond area.
LAST TIME THEY MET: Virginia defeated Richmond 14-6 one year ago on March 2nd, 2004 in Richmond, Va. at Pitt Field. The Cavaliers have won the last two meetings against the Spiders as UVa also defeated then #16 ranked Richmond 11-4 on April 1, 2003 in Charlottesville, Va.
PROBABLE PITCHING FOR VIRGINIA VS. RICHMOND: Virginia is expected to start first-year RHP Robert Poutier (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 5.0 IP) against Richmond on March 2nd. Poutier will be making his second collegiate start and his third appearance.
VIRGINIA’S CURRENT RECORD & RANKINGS: Virginia (8-3, 0-0 ACC) is not ranked in this week’s college baseball polls. However, UVa is receiving 13 votes in the Sports Weekly/ESPN Top-25 Poll and is also receiving votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Top-35 Poll. The Cavaliers are not ranked in Baseball America’s Top-25 or in Collegiate Baseball’s Top-30 polls.
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 ACCFebruary 14 Receiving Votes (33) 2-1, 0-0 ACCFebruary 21 Receiving Votes (27) 5-2, 0-0 ACCFebruary 28 Receiving Votes (13) 8-3, 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 ACCFebruary 14 #33 2-1, 0-0 ACCFebruary 21 Not Ranked 5-2, 0-0 ACCFebruary 28 Receiving Votes 8-3, 0-0 ACC
COLLEGIATE BASEBALL TOP-30 POLLDate UVa’s Ranking UVa’s RecordPreseason #27 0-0, 0-0 ACCFebruary 7 #27 0-0, 0-0 ACCFebruary 14 Not Ranked 2-1, 0-0 ACCFebruary 21 Not Ranked 5-2, 0-0 ACCFebruary 28 Not Ranked 8-3, 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 ACCFebruary 14 Not Ranked 2-1, 0-0 ACCFebruary 21 Not Ranked 5-2, 0-0 ACCFebruary 28 Not Ranked 8-3, 0-0 ACC
HALF OF VIRGINIA’S WINS ARE BY SHUTOUT: Heading into Virginia’s game with Richmond on March 2nd, half of UVa’s wins this season (4-of-8) are by shutout. Here is a look at Virginia’s shutout wins this season:
Date Opponent Score2/12 @ UNC Wilmington W, 2-02/19 Bucknell W, 2-02/23 Old Dominion W, 8-02/26 Fordham W, 5-0
UVA’S ERA IS A-OK: Virginia’s earned run average (ERA) through its first 11 games as a team is 2.32. One of the highlights of the pitching staff is the weekend rotation of Mike Ballard (LHP), Matt Avery (RHP) and Jeff Kamrath (RHP). Ballard is 3-0 with a 0.78 ERA and has pitched a team-high 23.0 innings while allowing just two runs on 14 hits to go along with 14 strikeouts. Avery is 2-1 with a 1.37 ERA and has allowed just three earned runs with 19 strikeouts in 19.2 innings of work. Jeff Kamrath is 2-1 with a 3.44 ERA and has allowed seven earned runs and has struck out 18 batters in 18.1 innings of action.
HIT ME IF YOU CAN: Virginia’s closer Casey Lambert has been nearly impossible to get a hit off of so far this season. Lambert, one of the top closers in the country, has allowed just one hit in 11 at-bats and has struck out seven of the 11 batters he has faced. Lambert has also posted three saves this season.
SIX-GAME WINNING STREAK: Virginia won a season-high six consecutive games this season from February 18-26. The Cavaliers swept Bucknell in a three-game series (February 18-19), defeated Old Dominion (2/23) and swept a doubleheader against Fordham (2/26) to record UVa’s longest win streak of the season.
ALL EYES ARE ON LAMBERT: Virginia’s Casey Lambert was named to the initial watch list for the 2005 National Stopper of the Year Award, sponsored by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). Lambert is one of 30 Division I closers from across the nation in the running for the first-year award. Last season (2004), Lambert tied the UVa school record for most saves in a single season with eight as a true first-year. He turned in a mark of 4-1 with a 2.54 ERA and stuck out 40 batters through 60.1 innings of work to go along with his eight saves last year. This season (2005), Lambert has already recorded three saves in three appearances and has struck out five batters in 2.1 innings of work. At the end the 2005 regular season, the Division I leader in saves and four other relief pitching standouts will be selected as the award’s finalists. These finalists will be released June 1, just prior to the beginning of NCAA regional play. From the list of finalists, the NCBWA’s All-America Committee will select a winner. The inaugural winner will be announced on June 8, two days prior to the beginning of NCAA Super Regional action. The NCBWA, founded in 1962, presents the Xanthus-Dick Howser Trophy to the nation’s top player. It also selects a Division I All-America Team, Division I and III Players of the Week, Division I District Players of the Year and Division III Players of the Year.
O’CONNOR REACHES 50 WINS IN A HURRY: With Virginia’s 8-0 shutout victory over Old Dominion on February 23rd, second-year UVa head coach Brian O’Connor reached the 50-wins mark in his young coaching career. O’Connor recorded his 50th win in only his 67th game as a head coach.
NO RUNS FOR YOU…..OR YOU…..OR YOU…..OR YOU: With its 5-0 shutout win over Fordham on February 26th, UVa posted its fourth shutout this season. The Cavaliers’ 5-0 shutout over Fordham coupled with its 8-0 shutout victory over Old Dominion on February 23rd marked the first time UVa shutout consecutive opponents since defeating Seton Hall 8-0 and 4-0 on March 2, 1996. Virginia has also shutout UNC Wilmington 2-0 on February 12th and shutout Bucknell 2-0 on February 19th.
CAVALIERS NOT BEATING THEMSELVES WITH ERRORS: Last season, much of the success Virginia enjoyed was due to not beating itself with costly errors. In 2004, UVa established a new single-season school record fielding percentage mark of .973 while committing just 62 errors to their opponents 105. Heading into its game against Richmond, Virginia’s opponents have committed 26 errors to just 8 for UVa. Against Bucknell in UVa’s three-game series with the Bison, Virginia didn’t commit a single error for the series while Bucknell committed 10, including seven errors in one game. Against UNCW in UVa’s three-game series with the Seahawks on February 11-13, Virginia committed just three errors for the series while UNC Wilmington committed eight, including four errors in one game. Against Fordham, the Rams committed five errors (including four in one game) while the Cavaliers committed just two. errors for the series. The Cavaliers won seven of the nine games in the three series with Fordham, Bucknell and UNC Wilmington and had just five errors to their opponents 23 in all three of those series.
VIRGINIA IN THREE-GAME WEEKEND SERIES ACTION: Virginia has played in three three-game series thus far in 2005 and is 3-0 in weekend series decisions (winning two or more of the three games). UVa defeated UNC Wilmington two games to one (February 11-13), swept Bucknell three games to none and won two of three against Fordham (February 26-27). Virginia stands 7-2 overall in weekend series contests this season. Here is a look at the Cavaliers’ results for weekend series games:
Date Virginia's Opponent Results2/11 @ UNC Wilmington L, 5-22/12 @ UNC Wilmington W, 2-02/13 @ UNC Wilmington W, 7-42/18 Bucknell W, 7-22/19 Bucknell (DH 1) W, 2-02/19 Bucknell (DH 2) W, 13-32/26 Fordham (DH 1) W, 5-02/26 Fordham (DH 2) W, 13-32/27 Fordham L, 3-2
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 52-18 overall, 18-6 in the ACC.
2005 Cavalier Firsts
BattingAt bat: Matt Street @ UNC Wilmington on 2/11.Hit: Ryan Hudson @ UNC Wilmington on 2/11.Run: Matt Street @ UNC Wilmington on 2/11.RBI: Ryan Zimmerman @ UNC Wilmington on 2/11.Extra-base hit: Sean Doolittle @ UNC Wilmington on 2/13.Double: Josh Darby @ Old Dominion on 2/16.Triple: Matt Street vs. Fordham on 2/26.Home run: Sean Doolittle @ UNC Wilmington on 2/13.Base runner: Ryan Hudson @ UNC Wilmington on 2/11.Walk: Ryan Hudson @ UNC Wilmington on 2/11.Strikeout: Josh Darby @ UNC Wilmington on 2/11.Hit batsman: Tom Hagan @ UNC Wilmington on 2/11.Sacrifice bunt: Matt Street @ UNC Wilmington on 2/11.Sacrifice fly: Ryan Zimmerman @ UNC Wilmington on 2/13.Stolen base attempt: Matt Street & Tom Hagan (double steal) @ UNCW on 2/11.Stolen base: Matt Street & Tom Hagan (double steal) @ UNCW on 2/11.Caught stealing: Matt Street @ UNC Wilmington on 2/13.
PitchingWin: Mike Ballard @ UNC Wilmington on 2/12.Loss: Matt Avery @ UNC Wilmington on 2/11.Save: Casey Lambert @ UNC Wilmington on 2/12.Complete game: N/AShutout: N/AStrikeout: Matt Avery @ UNC Wilmington on 2/11.Walk: Matt Avery @ UNC Wilmington on 2/11.Wild pitch: Ryan Ouellette @ Old Dominion on 2/16.Hit batsman: Mike Ballard vs. Bucknell on 2/18.Balk: N/A
2005 Big Innings
VirginiaFirst: 3, @ Old Dominion on 2/16.Second: 3, @ Old Dominion on 2/16.Third: 4, vs. Bucknell on 2/19.Fourth: 4, vs. Fordham on 2/26.Fifth: 2, vs. Fordham on 2/26.Sixth: 5, vs. Bucknell on 2/19.Seventh: 2, three times.Eighth: 3, vs. Old Dominion 2/23.Ninth: 1, vs. Fordham on 2/27.
OpponentFirst: 3, vs. Fordham on 2/27.Second: 3, @ UNC Wilmington on 2/13.Third: 1, vs. Fordham on 2/26.Fourth: 1, vs. Bucknell on 2/18 & 2/19.Fifth:Sixth: 4, @ Old Dominion on 2/16.Seventh: 3, @ Old Dominion on 2/16.Eighth: 2, @ UNC Wilmington on 2/11.Ninth: 1, vs. Bucknell on 2/19.