Feb. 28, 2006
Feb. 28, 2006
Virginia (8-2) vs. George Washington (1-3), 4 p.m.
LHP Sean Doolittle (UVa) vs. RHP Josh Wilkie (GW)
Davenport Field at UVa Baseball Stadium
VIRGINIA RETURNS HOME TO FACE GEORGE WASHINGTON
Virginia begins another home-stand when the Cavaliers face George Washington at 4 p.m. Tuesday. The Cavaliers fell to College of Charleston, 7-6, in 17 innings Sunday in a game that lasted five hours and 19 minutes. Left-handed pitcher Sean Doolittle will make his second start of the season for the Cavaliers. Doolittle is 1-0 with a 1.08 ERA. He has 11 strikeouts in 8.1 innings.
SCOUTING GEORGE WASHINGTON
The Colonials are 1-3 on the season after being swept at North Carolina over the weekend. UNC held off the Colonials, 11-7, in game one after GW scored seven runs in the last three innings. In the second game of the series, the Tar Heels scored in the bottom of the 11th to defeat the Colonials after GW scored four runs in the top of the eighth. UNC won the final game of the series, 14-0. George Washington will send Josh Wilkie to the mound Tuesday against the Cavaliers. Wilkie was named Atlantic 10 Co-Pitcher of the Week after Wilkie threw seven shutout innings, struck out a career-high10 batters and did not allow a walk in GW’s 4-1 victory against James Madison. Gavin Swanson, Michael Parker and Mickey Shupin all are hitting .353 on the season for the Colonials. Tom Shanley has five RBI for George Washington. George Washington finished the 2005 season 41-19 and the A-10 Conference Tournament Championship Game. GW won the regular season title in 2005.
SERIES VS. GEORGE WASHINGTON
The series between Virginia and George Washington is tied, 3-3, with the Cavaliers winning the last meeting during the 1996 season, 3-0. This will be Brian O’Connor’s first meeting with the Colonials.
ABOUT THE CAVALIERS
Virginia improved to 8-2 on the season after picking up three wins over VCU, George Mason and Gardner-Webb last week. The Cavaliers fell in 17 innings at College of Charleston, 7-6. … Virginia pounded out double-digit hits in all four games last week and has at least 10 hits in eight of its 10 games this season … Head Coach Brian O’Connor picked up career wins 92 and 93 over the weekend and needs just seven wins to reach 100 wins. O’Connor is in his third season at UVa and would be the quickest coach to 100 wins in UVa history … Virginia’s bullpen continues to look good early on. Cavalier relief pitchers have only given up three earned runs in their last 41 innings of relief work. Individual Notes: Junior left-handed pitcher Casey Lambert had a good week for the Cavaliers. Lambert, who is on the NCBWA Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List, made four appearances. He struck out 12 in 10 innings including five strikeouts in a career-high six-inning outing at College of Charleston. He also earned a save in the 9-7 win over George Mason. On the season, Lambert has two saves with 14 strikeouts in 11 innings. He has yet to give up an earned run on six hits and opponents are hitting .167 against him …. Junior left-hander Sean Doolittle made only his second career start for the Cavaliers in the 7-1 win over VCU. Doolittle, who is on the Roger Clemens Award Watch List, struck out seven in five innings and held the Rams to one run on two hits. He is 1-0 with a 1.08 ERA and a save. He has 11 strikeouts in 8.1 innings …. Freshman right-hander Jacob Thompson made his third consecutive start and struck out eight in eight innings to get the win over Gardner-Webb. Thompson is 3-0 on the season … Sophomore right-hander Michael Schwimer picked up his first career win when he tossed 3.2 innings in relief in the 9-7 win over George Mason. Opponents are only hitting .159 against Schwimer in five appearances and 12.2 innings pitched … Freshman third baseman Jeremy Farrell had another good week at the plate for the Cavaliers. Farrell played in three games and went 5-for-11 with a double and a run scored …. Junior right fielder Tim Henry is the hot Cavaliers right now. Henry hit .429 last week with six hits in 14 at-bats … Junior center fielder Mike Mitchell finished the week 8-for-22 with five runs scored, a triple and one RBI … Freshman David Adams continued to drive in runs for UVa as he added four RBI last week including his second career home run in the win over George Mason. Adams now has 10 RBI.