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March 20, 2006

GREENSBORO, N.C. – – Virginia junior left-handed pitcher Casey Lambert was tabbed Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week while teammate Brandon Marsh shared ACC Co-Player of the Week honors with North Carolina’s Jay Cox announced by the league office Monday.

Lambert, a southpaw from Harrisonburg, Va., came on in relief and picked up two wins over No. 2 Clemson over the weekend. The junior no-hit the Tigers for one inning with the score tied, 1-1, to set up Virginia for a 2-1 win Friday. In the series finale, he entered the game in the eighth inning and tossed 1 1/3 innings of no-hit baseball with the game tied, 4-4, as Virginia went on to win 7-4. Lambert struck out two of the last three batters of the game to preserve the series sweep. In four appearances against No. 1 Georgia Tech and No. 2 Clemson, Lambert has two wins and one save. On the season, he is 2-1 with three saves and a 1.96 ERA. He has recorded 22 strikeouts in 18.1 innings while holding opponents to a .210 batting average.

Brandon Marsh was named ACC Co-Player of the Week. (Photo by David Petkofsky/UVa Media Relations)



Marsh, a junior from Alpharetta, Ga., hit .600 last week going 9-for-15 with three RBIs at the plate in helping Virginia to a perfect 4-0 week. In addition, he scored five runs, stole two bases, slugged .800 and had a .632 on-base percentage. Against Dayton, the outfielder went 2-for-4 with one run scored and two stolen bases. In the series sweep of No. 2 Clemson, the junior college transfer hit .636, slugged .909 and posted a .667 on-base percentage. He drove in both runs in Virginia’s 2-1 win over Clemson on Friday, including the game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth. In Saturday’s game, he went 1-for-2 with a run and drew three walks. In the series finale, Marsh matched a career-high going 4-for-5 with three runs scored, one RBI and a triple. On the season, Marsh is hitting .517 with 18 runs and 12 RBIs. He is slugging .655 with a .586 on-base percentage.

Cox, a junior outfielder/designated hitter, led the Tar Heels to a 4-1 week with team highs of four home runs, 10 RBIs, eight runs scored and nine hits. Cox hit .409 on the week, while slugging a perfect 1.000 with 22 total bases. The Smithfield, N.C., native homered in all three games of the Maryland series, including a key three-run shot on Sunday that helped secure the series for North Carolina. On Saturday, he went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, including a solo home run in the third inning. Cox hit a two-run homer in the first game against George Mason and followed that performance with a 2-for-3 effort including a double in the second game. He is currently riding a season-long seven-game hitting streak. On the season, Cox leads the Tar Heels with a .461 average, a career-best eight home runs and 23 RBIs.

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