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March 2, 2006

Games #12-14
Mar. 3-5, 2006
Virginia (9-2) vs. Saint Joseph’s (0-7)

Fri. Mar. 3, 4 p.m.
Virginia – LHP Mike Ballard (2-0, 2.08 ERA)
SJU – RHP Bob Unkel (0-1, 4.50 ERA)
Gametracker 1

Sat. Mar. 4, 4 p.m.
Virginia – RHP Jacob Thompson (3-0, 1.80 ERA)
SJU – RHP Jason Hessler (0-2, 8.38 ERA)
Gametracker 2

Sun. Mar. 5, 11 a.m.
Virginia – TBA
SJU – Don Werner (0-1, 0.93 ERA)
Davenport Field at UVa Baseball Stadium
Charlottesville, Va.

Gametracker 3

Virginia hosts Saint Joseph’s this weekend for its final nonconference weekend series. The Cavaliers enter the weekend 9-2 looking to improve on their five-game home winning streak. Virginia defeated George Washington, 11-5, Tuesday in its last outing. Friday’s and Saturday’s first pitches are scheduled for 4 p.m. while Sunday’s game has been moved to 11 a.m.

The Hawks (0-7) come to Charlottesville looking for their first wins of the season after falling to Delaware, 9-4, Wednesday. Second baseman Mike Blahusch led the Hawks going 3-for-5 with one run scored and one RBI. Saint Joseph’s will send right-handed pitchers to the mound in Bob Unkel (0-1, 4.50 ERA), Jason Hessler (0-2, 8.38 ERA) and Don Werner (0-1, 0.93 ERA). Blahusch, who is hitting .375 with three doubles and a home run, leads the Hawks at the plate. Left fielder Matt Godusky is the leading RBI producer with five runs batted in 21 at-bats. He has two homers already this season.

This will be the first ever meeting between Virginia and Saint Joseph’s on the baseball diamond and the second Atlantic 10 Conference team the Cavaliers have faced this week. UVa defeated George Washington on Tuesday.

Virginia ran its record to 9-2 on the season after defeating George Washington on Tuesday. Virginia has been hitting well lately as the Hoos are hitting .313 as a team with 123 in 393 at-bats. The Cavaliers are averaging 7.3 runs per game and 11.2 hits per game. Virginia has pounded out double-digit hits eight straight games including two 16-hit performances … Head Coach Brian O’Connor picked up career win No. 94 on Tuesday and needs just six 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 … On the mound, UVa’s pitching staff has compiled a 2.46 team ERA and has struck out 104 in 106 innings. Opponents are only hitting .219 against the Hoos.

Sean Doolittle recorded six strikeouts in six innings and freshman third baseman Jeremy Farrell delivered a perfect 2-for-2 performance with three RBIs at the plate as Virginia defeated George Washington, 11-5, Tuesday afternoon at Davenport Field at UVa Baseball Stadium. Doolittle (2-0) scattered three hits over six innings in picking up his second win of the season. Robert Poutier tossed two innings in relief and allowed two earned runs and struck out three. Alex Smith finished the game with three strikeouts in one inning. Brandon Marsh went 2-for-4 with one run scored while David Adams finished 2-for-5 with a one run. John Scaglione and Beau Seabury each drove in two runs.

– Sophomore lefty Sean Doolittle struck out six in six innings in the 11-5 win over George Washington in only his third career start. Doolittle, who is on the Roger Clemens Watch List, moved to 2-0 on the season and has a 0.63 ERA.
– Junior left-handed pitcher Casey Lambert had a good last 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.
– 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 is 15-for-24 with seven RBI in his last four games. Farrell finished 2-for-2 with three RBI including a double and a triple in the win over George Washington.
– Freshman David Adams leads the team with 10 RBI. He also has the only two home runs for the Cavaliers.

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