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March 9, 2005

`HOOS UP NEXT?: The Virginia Cavaliers (9-6, 0-3 ACC) will face the James Madison Dukes (1-6, 0-0 CAA) in a non-conference game on Wednesday, March 9th in Charlottesville, Va. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 PM at the Cavaliers’ Davenport Field at the UVa Baseball Stadium.

LAST TIME THEY MET: Virginia defeated James Madison 10-1 on February 24, 2004 in Charlottesville, Va.

PROBABLE PITCHING FOR VIRGINIA VS. JAMES MADISON: Virginia is expected to star first-year LHP Pat McAnaney (0-0, 2.57 ERA, 7.0 IP, 3K) on Wednesday, March 9th against James Madison.

VIRGINIA’S CURRENT RECORD & RANKINGS: Virginia stands 9-6 overall, 0-3 in the ACC. UVa is not ranked in this week’s college baseball polls (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, Sports Weekly/ESPN, NCBWA) but is receiving votes in the NCBWA Top-35.

POUTIER PITCHES COMPLETE GAME SHUTOUT: First-year RHP Robert Poutier pitched a complete game shutout by going 9.0 scoreless innings and struck out eight batters while scattering just six hits in Virginia’s 8-0 victory over Longwood on March 8th. Poutier became the first Cavalier since Matt Avery to pitch a complete game shutout. Avery accomplished the feat against Princeton on June 6, 2004 in the NCAA Regionals.

VIRGINIA’S POWERFUL ONE-TWO PUNCH: Virginia’s first-year duo of Sean Doolittle and Brandon Guyer have provided some immediate power to the Cavaliers’ lineup. Both Doolittle and Guyer have hit a pair of home runs this season and have combined for four of UVa’s five home runs on the year. Doolittle, a left-handed batter, has hit both of his home runs on the road and Guyer, a right-handed batter, has hit both of his home runs at home.

Virginia’s 2005 Home Run Hitters

No.	Player (Runs)		Date	Opponent (Game #)1.	Sean Doolittle (1)		2/13	@ UNC Wilmington (3)2.	Sean Doolittle (2)		2/16	@ Old Dominion (4)3.	Brandon Guyer (1)	2/18	Bucknell (5)4.	Ryan Hudson (2)		3/4	@ Wake Forest (12)5.	Brandon Guyer (2)	3/8	Longwood (15)

VIRGINIA CURRENTLY COMPETING IN A 10-GAME HOME STAND: Virginia is currently competing in a 10-game home stand which began on March 8th and will continue through March 23. The Cavaliers opened the home stand with an 8-0 shutout victory over Longwood (3/8). During the 10-game home stand, UVa will host Longwood, James Madison, Marist (three games), Coppin State and Maryland (three games). All ten contests will be played at Virginia’s Davenport Field at the UVa Baseball Stadium.

RBI = RYAN BATS-`EM IN: Virginia’s Ryan Zimmerman has been an RBI machine so far this season. Zimmerman has driven in a team-high 21 RBI and has accounted for 21 of UVa’s 88 team RBI total. He is on pace to break the UVa school record for most RBI in a single season (67).

`HOOS BY THE MONTH: Virginia won eight of its 11 games in the month of February to post a record of 8-3. The Cavaliers lost there first three games in the month of March and are 1-3 for the month. Here is a look at UVa’s record broken down by the month:

Month		UVa's RecordFebruary	8-3, 0-0 ACCMarch		1-3, 0-3 ACC

OVER HALF OF VIRGINIA’S WINS ARE BY SHUTOUT: Heading into Virginia’s game with James Madison (3/9), more than half of UVa’s wins this season (5-of-9) 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, 5-03/8	Longwood		W, 8-0

NO RUNS FOR YOU…..OR YOU…..OR YOU…..OR YOU…..OR YOU: With its 8-0 shutout win over Longwood on March 8th, UVa posted its fifth shutout this season. Among those shutouts, 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.

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 with James Madison, Virginia’s opponents have committed 35 errors to just 15 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.

HIT HIM IF YOU CAN: Virginia’s closer Casey Lambert has been nearly impossible to get a hit off of so far this season, and even hard to score a run off of. Lambert, one of the top closers in the country, has allowed just three hit in 8.0 innings pitched and has struck out 12 of the 26 batters he has faced and has not allowed a run to score yet. Lambert has also posted three saves this season.

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 53-21 overall, 18-9 in the ACC.

CAVALIERS POST SEASON-HIGH 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.

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