Cavaliers Open 2006 Home Season with Old Dominion Wednesday
Feb. 15, 2006
Feb. 15, 2006
Virginia (2-0) vs. Old Dominion (4-0), 3 p.m.
LHP Pat McAnaney (UVa) vs. RHP Kevin Gunter (ODU)
Davenport Field at UVa Baseball Stadium
VIRGINIA WELCOMES OLD DOMINION FOR HOME OPENER
Virginia opens up the 2006 home season when the Cavaliers welcome in-state foe Old Dominion to Charlottesville on Wednesday for the first game of a five-game homestand for UVa. Virginia plays a three-game series with Towson this weekend before wrapping up the homestand with Virginia Commonwealth next Tuesday.
CAVALIERS IN HOME OPENERS UNDER O’CONNOR
Virginia is 2-0 in home openers under Brian O’Connor. The Cavaliers defeated Maryland-Eastern Shore, 15-2, in O’Connor’s first home game as the coach at Virginia. Last season, UVa defeated Bucknell, 7-2, as the Cavaliers went on to sweep the series.
SCOUTING OLD DOMINION
Old Dominion is off to a 4-0 start having won three games over Iona last weekend. ODU defeated Norfolk State, 10-2, last night. The Monarchs outscored Iona, 41-6, in the three-game series. Center fielder Jimmy Miles finished the series, 8-for-15 with five runs scored, four doubles and three RBI. Against Norfolk State, senior catcher Patrick Nichols knocked in four runs, going 3-for-5 with a home-run to lead ODU to the win. On the season, Miles leads the team hitting .500 (10-for-20) with five doubles, six runs scored and five RBI. Designated hitter Dana Arrowood and Bryan Cipolla each have seven hits on the season. ODU’s pitching staff has posted a 1.85 ERA through four games. The Monarchs will send their ace RHP Kevin Gunter to the mound against Virginia Wednesday. Gunter started last Friday against Iona and tossed 6.0 innings allowing two earned runs on seven hits while recording seven strikeouts to earn his first win of the season.
SERIES VS. OLD DOMINION
Old Dominion and Virginia first met in 1979. The Monarchs lead the all-time series, 17-14-2. UVa is 1-2 against Old Dominion under Brian O’Connor. ODU won the first meeting, 9-6, last season before UVa shut out Old Dominion, 8-0, in Charlottesville last season.
LAST TIME AGAINST OLD DOMINION
Tom Hagan went 3-for-3 with two RBI and two doubles and Scott Morgenthaler got the win after tossing four scoreless innings in relief to lift the Cavaliers to an 8-0 win at Davenport Field at UVa Baseball Stadium. Robert Poutier started the game and three-hit ODU through four innings. Sean Doolittle tossed the final inning and struck out two. Matt Street added two hits for UVa as the Cavaliers out-hit ODU, 11-4.
ABOUT THE CAVALIERS
Virginia opened the 2006 season picking up two wins at the Springmaid Beach Resort Tournament hosted by Coastal Carolina. UVa defeated The Citadel, 5-3, Friday. Senior lefty Mike Ballard allowed two earned runs through seven innings and struck out four while closer Casey Lambert earned his first save of the season. Freshman second baseman David Adams hit his first career home-run, a two-run shot in the third inning for the Cavaliers … Against Coastal Carolina, freshman Jacob Thompson one-hit the Chanticleers and the Cavalier batters pounded out 16 hits in downing Coastal Carolina, 8-3, Sunday afternoon. The Chanticleers, who earned the No. 1 seed at the 2005 NCAA Tempe Regional, had only one hit through 7 2/3 innings off Cavalier pitchers, Thompson and Michael Scwimer. Coastal finished with five hits. Junior outfielder Mike Mitchell and sophomore outfielder Brandon Guyer each had three hits while Tom Hagan, Sean Doolittle and Tim Henry each had two hits. Doolittle earned a save against the Chanticleers after striking out the final batter with the tying run on deck … On the weekend, Virginia hit .333 as a team led by Adams, who hit .600 going 3-for-5 with four runs scored, one home run and two RBI. He had a 1.200 slugging percentage and .778 on-base percentage … Virginia’s pitching staff gave up five earned runs in 18 innings (2.50 ERA) and opponents hit .175 against them for the weekend. UVA combined to strikeout 17 in 18 innings. Schwimer tossed three innings in relief against Coastal, and struck out four while allowing only one hit … Guyer finished the weekend hitting .500 (4-for-8) with a double, two RBI and three runs scored ,,, Cavalier freshman Jeremy Farrell also collected two RBI in his opening weekend.