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March 15, 2006

Game #20
Mar. 15, 2006
Virginia (15-4) vs. Dayton (7-6), 5 p.m.

LHP Pat McAnaney (UVa) vs. RHP Cale Ort (Dayton)
Davenport Field at UVa Baseball Stadium
Charlottesville, Va.


Virginia opens up a 10-game home-stand when the Cavaliers (15-4) host Dayton (7-6) Wednesday evening at Davenport Field at the UVa Baseball Stadium at 5 p.m. The Cavaliers snapped the nation’s longest winning streak by defeating No. 1 Georgia Tech last Sunday, 6-3, to give UVa head coach Brian O’Connor his 100th career victory. Sophomore LHP Pat McAnaney (1-1, 5.79 ERA) will face Dayton’s RHP Cale Ort (0-1, 9.24 ERA).

The Flyers (7-6) took two of three games from Oakland last weekend and have won four of its last five games. OF Bobby Getty leads the team while batting .395 with six doubles and two home runs for 11 RBI. Joe Mosley is the RBI leader with 13 on 15 hits. As a team, the Flyers are hitting .265 and have compiled a 5.53 ERA.

This will be the first ever meeting between Dayton and Virginia on the baseball diamond.

Virginia improved to 15-4 on the season after picking up three wins on the week. The Cavaliers swept a doubleheader from Maryland Eastern Shore, 20-3, and 15-0, and took one game from No. 1 Georgia Tech in the series finale, 6-3, to snap the nation’s longest winning streak. Head Coach Brian O’Connor picked up his 100th career victory with the win over the top-ranked Yellow Jackets. O’Connor’s career record now stands at 100-39 in just his third season at Virginia and he is 7-3 all-time against Georgia Tech. Virginia hit .321 in the series at Georgia Tech and out-hit the Yellow Jackets, 35-24. The Cavalier pitching staff held Georgia Tech to a .255 batting average for the series as the Yellow Jackets managed only eight hits each game and struck out 24 times in 25 innings. In five games last week, UVa hit .391 as a team and held opponents to .225 batting average. Virginia scored 49 runs on 70 hits and had 17 extra-base hits in the five games.

HOO NOTES– Junior left-handed pitcher Sean Doolittle struck out seven in six innings for his fourth win of the season as he helped the Cavs knock off No. 1 Georgia Tech. Doolittle is 4-0 on the season with one save and a 1.16 ERA. He has 29 strikeouts in 23.1 innings and opponents are hitting .136 against him.
– Junior lefty Casey Lambert picked up his third save of the season giving him 25 career saves, moving him within one save of 6th place on the ACC all-time career list. .
– Freshman third baseman Jeremy Farrell had a good Georgia Tech series. Farrell hit .714 in three games against the Yellow Jackets going 5-for-7 with three RBI, one double, one home run, two runs scored and two walks. He slugged 1.286 and had an .800 on-base percentage. .
– Freshman second baseman David Adams also continued his hot hitting. Adams hit .556 going 10-for-18 in five games last week, scored seven runs and added a double and four RBI. He belted his team-leading third home run of the season in the second game of the Georgia Tech series. .
– Sophomore Brandon Guyer led the team to the 3-2 week after batting .476 while going 10-for-21 with 10 RBI in the five games last week. He scored six runs and had five extra-base hits. On the season, Guyer is hitting .385 with a team-best 25 RBI. 13 of his team-high 30 hits are extra-base hits including nine doubles, three triples and one home run. .
– Junior center fielder Mike Mitchell added to his team-leading 25 runs scored. Mitchell scored nine runs last week and went 7-for-12 with two RBI in three games. He walked three times and stole three bases. .
– Sophomore Sean Doolittle posted a .375 batting average (6-for-16) and scored six runs while driving in four runs in five games last week.
– Freshman right-hander Jacob Thompson continued his impressive start. Thompson struck out five in 5 1/3 innings in the second game of the Georgia Tech series and held Tech to three runs on three hits. He retired 15 straight batters over 4 1/3 innings before giving up his third base hit in the sixth.

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