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Feb. 21, 2006

Game #7
Feb. 21, 2006
Virginia (5-1) vs. Virginia Commonwealth (3-1), 3 p.m.

LHP Sean Doolittle (UVa) vs. RHP Cody Eppley (VCU)
Davenport Field at UVa Baseball Stadium
Charlottesville, Va.


Virginia wraps up a five-game home-stand when in-state foe Virginia Commonwealth travels to Davenport Field Tuesday. First-pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. It will be the fifth straight Colonial Athletics Association member that the Cavaliers have faced after going 3-1 last week against the CAA at home with a three-game sweep of Towson and a mid-week loss to Old Dominion. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Sean Doolittle will make his first start of the season on the mound and only his second start of his career.

VCU is off to a 3-1 start after splitting a pair of games with Northwestern over the weekend. The Rams won the first game, 4-3, but fell 6-5 in the second game. The third game of the series was cancelled due to inclement weather. VCU also has a 4-2 win over Liberty and a 6-0 win over Longwood under its belt. On the season, first baseman Jared Bolden has hit .500 (7-for-14) in the first four games with two doubles and two RBI. Left fielder Kwan Evans also has seven hits with a double and a home run.

Virginia is 24-18 all-time against Virginia Commonwealth. Virginia and VCU last met in 2003 with the Rams sweeping the two-game series, 5-3, and 7-1. VCU has won the last meetings over the Cavaliers. Virginia last defeated the Rams during the 2000 season, 8-7. This will be Brian O’Connor’s first meeting with VCU since coming to UVa in 2004.

Virginia went 3-1 last week after falling to Old Dominion, 5-1, last Wednesday before sweeping a three-game series from Towson over the weekend. Virginia outscored Towson, 27-5 in three games and hit .359 for the series. On the mound, the Hoos posted a 1.33 ERA striking out 28 in 27 innings and held Towson batters to a .170 batting average. For the week, UVa hit .324 and posted a 2.25 team ERA … The sweep of Towson gave head coach Brian O’Connor his 14th series sweep since coming to Virginia in 2004. O’Connor has now swept 14 of the 26 three-game series he has been involved in at Virginia, seven of which are ACC series. Individual Notes: Senior left-hander pitcher Mike Ballard, sophomore Michael Schwimer and senior Alex Smith combined for a four-hit shutout in game one of the series against Towson. Ballard struck out six in six innings and scattered four hits. He now has a 1.38 ERA on the season … Freshman right-hander Jacob Thompson won his second game of the season in his second career start in the 7-2 win over Towson. His first career win came against Coastal Carolina on Feb. 12. Thompson allowed one earned run in seven innings and recorded five strikeouts. He now has a 1.50 ERA and opponents are hitting .182 against him … sophomore lefty Pat McAnaney bounced back after suffering the loss against Old Dominion by three-hitting Towson through five innings and striking out seven in the final game of the series … Freshman third baseman Jeremy Farrell had a good weekend for the Cavaliers as he had eight hits and four RBI … left-fielder Brandon Guyer went 5-for-11 with three RBI in the Towson series while freshman David Adams went 5-for-12 with three RBI in the series … senior Tom Hagan finished the week hitting .462 for the Cavaliers putting up three-extra base hits, an RBI and three walks. Freshmen David Adams and Jeremy Farrell have been hot for the Cavaliers. Adams is hitting .400 while Farrell is hitting .455 … senior catcher Matt Bernstine made his first start of the season and collected his first career hit as he finished 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI in helping UVa rally for the 13-3 win over Towson.

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