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March 16, 2006

Games #21-23
Virginia (16-4, 1-2 ACC) vs. #2 Clemson (11-3, 0-0 ACC)

Davenport Field at UVa Baseball Stadium
Charlottesville, Va.

Fri. Mar. 17, 5 p.m.
Virginia – LHP Sean Doolittle (4-0, 1.16 ERA)
Clemson – RHP Josh Cribb (4-0, 0.96 ERA)
Gametracker 1

Sat. Mar. 18, 1 p.m.
Virginia – RHP Jacob Thompson (4-0, 2.01 ERA)
Clemson – RHP Jason Berken (2-1, 2.70 ERA)
Gametracker 2

Sun. Mar. 19, 1 p.m.
Virginia – LHP Mike Ballard (3-1, 1.93 ERA
Clemson – RHP Stephen Faris (1-0, 1.80 ERA)

Gametracker 3

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Fans can also listen to the games Friday and Saturday on WINA AM 1070.

Virginia continues its 10-game home-stand when the Cavaliers host No. 2 Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference home opener. Game times are scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Clemson is the highest ranked team to visit Charlottesville since No. 1 Florida State visited UVa in 2002. Sophomore lefty Sean Doolittle (4-0, 1.16 ERA) will get the nod Friday night while freshman right-hander Jacob Thompson (4-0, 2.01 ERA) will start Saturday. Senior lefty Mike Ballard is scheduled to start Sunday’s game. Clemson will counter with RHP Josh Cribb (4-0, 0.96 ERA) Friday, RHP Jason Berken (2-1, 2.70 ERA) Saturday and RHP Stephen Faris (1-0, 1.80 ERA) Sunday.

The Tigers (11-3, 0-0 ACC) are ranked in the top five of three of the major college baseball polls including a No. 2 ranking in the Baseball America weekly poll. Clemson opens up ACC action this weekend in Charlottesville and will be making their first three-game road trip of the season. The Tigers are hitting .300 as a team led by third baseman Herman Demmink, who is batting .404 (21-of-52) with 13 runs scored and 10 RBI. Left fielder Tyler Colvin is tied for the team lead with 11 RBI as he has hit a team-high four home runs. Clemson’s pitching staff has compiled a 2.09 ERA with 112 strikeouts in 125 innings while holding opponents to a .199 batting average.

Clemson leads the all-time series with the Cavaliers, 100-33. However, Virginia won three of the five meetings with the Tigers last season including two wins in the ACC Tournament. The Cavaliers are 6-2 against Clemson under head coach Brian O’Connor.

Virginia improved to 16-4 on the season after knocking off Dayton, 10-3, Wednesday evening. Pat McAnaney struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings for his second win of the season while David Adams went 3-for-5 with three RBI … This will be the Cavaliers second ACC series and first conference series at home. UVa took one game from No. 1 Georgia Tech, winning the series finale, 6-3, to snap the nation’s longest winning streak … Virginia is hitting .356 as a team which is second in the ACC. The Cavaliers hit .321 in the series at Georgia Tech and out-hit the Yellow Jackets, 35-24, last weekend. 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 its last six games, UVa hit .380 as a team and held opponents to a .222 batting average. Virginia scored 59 runs on 81 hits and had 20 extra-base hits in the five games … UVa head coach Brian O’Connor has swept 16 of the 27 three-game series he has coached at Virginia, including eight in ACC play … Virginia is 11-1 at home this season. UVa has won 11 straight games at Davenport Field at UVa Baseball Stadium.

– Freshman second baseman David Adams also continued his hot hitting. In the last six games, Adams has hit .565 going 13-for-23 with eight runs, one double, one triple and one home run in adding seven RBIs. He belted his team-leading third home run of the season in the second game of the Georgia Tech series. During the stretch, he slugged .826 with a .593 on-base percentage.
– 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.
– Sophomore Brandon Guyer has gone 10-for-25 with 10 RBI in the last six games. He has scored six runs and had five extra-base hits. On the season, Guyer is hitting .366 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. Guyer posted 30 RBIs as a freshman last season.
– 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.
– Junior outfielder Brandon Marsh has gone 9-for-18 with five runs scored, one double, one triple and three RBI in the last six games.
– 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.

WINA AM 1070 will broadcast the games Friday and Saturday. It will be the first two games of a 25-game regular season schedule.W INA will carry the Friday and Saturday games of the Wake Forest series, Mar. 24-26. The station is scheduled to broadcast two games of the NC State series (Mar. 31-Apr. 2), two games of the Duke series (Apr. 7-9), the entire Boston College series (Apr. 14-16), the Miami series (Apr. 21-23), the North Carolina series (May 12-14) and the Virginia Tech series (May 18-20). WINA will broadcast the Saturday game of the Maryland series (Apr. 29). Nonconference games scheduled on the station are Longwood (Apr. 12), VMI (Apr. 18) and Richmond (Apr. 26). Fans will also be able to listen to the 2006 ACC Tournament from the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Fla., (May 24-28). Jed Williams and Adam Gottschalk will share the play-by-play duties during the season while The Daily Progress’ Jay Jenkins will assist with color commentary.

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