Virginia Baseball Wraps Up Homestand with Maryland Eastern Shore Tuesday
March 6, 2006
Mar. 7, 2006
Virginia (12-2) vs. Maryland Eastern Shore (3-9-1), 2 p.m. (DH)
Game 1: RHP Robert Poutier (UVa) vs. TBA (UMES)
Game 2: RHP Robert Poutier (UVa) vs. TBA (UMES)
Davenport Field at UVa Baseball Stadium
VIRGINIA WRAPS UP HOME-STAND WITH MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE
Virginia hosts the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore Tuesday for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. at Davenport Field at the UVa Baseball Stadium. The Cavaliers are coming off a three-game sweep of Saint Joseph’s in which UVa outscored the Hawks, 50-4. Sophomore RHP Robert Poutier (0-0, 6.43 ERA) will start game one while senior RHP Josh Myers will start the second game.
SCOUTING MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE
The Hawks (3-9-1) are coming off a 1-1-1 weekend against Long Island. UMES defeated Long Island, 5-3, tied the second game, 1-1, and dropped the series finale, 11-7. First baseman Justin Hoban leads the Hawks hitting .350 with four doubles, two triples and a home run while driving in eight runs. Bernie Stratchko hits .333 on 13 hits for six RBIs.
SERIES VS. MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE
Virginia leads the all-time series with Maryland Eastern-Shore, 6-0. The Cavaliers are 3-0 under Brian O’Connor against the Hawks. Virginia won both meetings last season, 15-1, and 6-0.
ABOUT THE CAVALIERS
Virginia improved to 12-2 on the season after picking up four wins last week over George Washington and Saint Joseph’s … The Cavaliers are off to their second-best start under head coach Brian O’Connor, who picked up career win No. 97 over the weekend. O’Connor, who is in his third season at UVa, needs just three wins for his 100th win at UVa. He would be the quickest UVa coach to 100 wins … O’Connor swept his 15th three-game series over the weekend. He has swept 15 of the 27 three-game series he has coached in at UVa including eight ACC series … As a team, UVa hit .427 last week producing 61 runs scored. UVa outscored Saint Joseph’s, 50-4 over the weekend. Virginia’s offense put up 56 hits including a 23-hit performance in Friday’s game, which were the most by an O’Connor team … Virginia’s pitching staff posted a 1.50 ERA last week and held Saint Joseph’s to three earned runs in their series. The Cavaliers struck out 40 batters in 36 innings and teams hit .168 against them. Four UVa pitchers combined for a one-hitter in the 15-1 win over the Hawks ? This week, O’Connor looks for career win 100. O’Connor is 6-1 all-time against Georgia Tech, having swept the Yellow Jackets twice, in Atlanta in 2004 and in Charlottesville last season. UVa lost to Ga. Tech in the ACC Championship game last season, 4-3.
INDIVIDUAL HOO NOTES:– Freshman right-hander Jacob Thompson no-hit Saint Joseph’s through six innings and struck out five batters to earn his fourth win of the season in leading four pitchers in a one-hitter in the 15-1 win over SJU. Pat McAnaney, Nick Cruit and Andrew Carraway also contributed in the first one-hitter under O’Connor.
– Senior lefty Mike Ballard improved to 3-0 after recording six strikeouts in seven innings in a 21-0 win over Saint Joseph’s.
– Sophomore lefty Sean Doolittle picked up two wins on the week after striking out 11 in nine innings in two appearances last week. Doolittle allowed three hits and struck out six in six innings in the 11-5 win over George Washington. In the final game of the series against Saint Joseph’s, he no-hit the Hawks through three innings and struck out five. He now has a 0.52 ERA while teams are hitting .088 against him.
– Freshman shortstop Greg Miclat had a good week for the Cavaliers as he hit .538 (7-for-15) with five runs scored and six RBI. Miclat went 3-for-4 with four RBI in the series finale against SJU.
– Sophomore outfielder Brandon Guyer hit .533 (8-for-15) with 6 runs scored, four walks and 7 RBI. Four of his eight hits were extra base hits as he had three doubles and one triple. He posted a .632 on-base percentage and slugged .867. In the second game against Saint Joseph’s, he went 3-for-6 with one run scored and 4 RBI including three doubles.
– Sean Doolittle also had a good week at the plate as he hit .533 (8-for-15) last week with two doubles, four runs scored and 8 RBI and three walks.
– Junior outfielder Tim Henry went 4-for-7 with six RBIs in the first game of the SJU series. He was the first Cavalier in three years to have six RBIs in a game. He finished the week 8-for-17 with seven runs scored and seven RBI.
– Junior catcher Ryan Hudson made his first start of the season in the SJU series finale. Hudson went 4-for-4 with four runs scored and four RBI including a three-run home run, the first homer by UVa at Davenport Field this season.