#21 Virginia Hosts #24 Wake Forest to Continue Home-Stand
March 23, 2006
#21 Virginia (20-4, 4-2 ACC) vs. #24 Wake Forest (18-5, 4-2 ACC
Davenport Field at UVa Baseball Stadium
Sun. Mar. 26, 1 p.m.
Virginia – LHP Mike Ballard (3-1, 2.67 ERA
WF – RHP Tyler Smith (0-0, 1.42 ERA)
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#21 VIRGINIA HOSTS #24 WAKE FOREST FOR ACC SHOWDOWN
Virginia plays its second straight home ACC series when the Cavaliers entertain Wake Forest this weekend. Virginia is tied for second place in the ACC Coastal Division with North Carolina at 4-2. Miami leads the division at 6-0. The Cavaliers are coming off a 12-0 shutout of Marshall on Wednesday. Pat McAnaney struck out five in five innings to earn the win while Sean Doolittle went 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs. Virginia enters the series hitting .356 while the pitching staff has compiled a 2.49 ERA and held opponents to a .206 batting average. UVa is hitting .344 in six conference games this season.
SCOUTING #24 WAKE FOREST
The Demon Deacons (18-5, 4-2 ACC) shut out High Point, 7-0, in their last outing on Wednesday. Wake Forest swept Boston College last weekend and won one game of the North Carolina series for a 4-2 start in ACC action. Dustin Hood leads the hitting .367. Allan Dykstra has driven in a team-high 21 RBIs while hitting .325. As a team, Wake Forest hits .290 and has posted a 3.64 team ERA.
SERIES VS. WAKE FOREST
Virginia trails the all-time series with Wake Forest, 76-60. The Cavaliers are 3-3 against the Demon Deacons under Brian O’Connor. Virginia swept the Demon Deacons the last time they visited Charlottesville in 2004.
HOOS IN THE POLLS
Virginia cracked the Top 25 in college baseball polls. The Cavaliers are No. 21 in Collegiate Baseball, No. 22 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, 24th in Baseball America and 25th in the NCBWA poll. SEBaseball.com has UVa as the 17th best team in th nation while the Hoos are 22nd in the Rosenblattreport.com poll. Wake Forest is 24th in the Rosenblattreport.com.
ABOUT THE CAVALIERS
Virginia is 20-4 on the season and 4-2 in the ACC having won six straight games including a sweep of then No. 2 Clemson. The Cavaliers are also riding a 15-game home winning streak. UVa blanked Marshall in its last outing. Head Coach Brian O’Connor has now swept 17 of the 28 three-game series he has coached in, which includes nine ACC series sweep. While the Cavaliers are hitting .356 as a team, UVa pitchers are holding opponents to a .206 batting average. Virginia hit .370 in the series against Clemson, out-hitting the Tigers, 37-17. In six ACC games against #1 Ga. Tech and #2 Clemson, Virginia has hit. 344, out-hitting the two teams, 72-41 … The Cavalier pitching staff held Clemson to a .175 batting average for the series as Clemson managed only 17 hits in the series and struck out 25 times in 27 innings. The staff is holding opponents to .215 batting average in ACC games, while striking out 38 in 36 innings … During the Cavaliers six-game hitting streak, UVa is hitting .354, while holding opponents to a .197 batting average and posting a 2.00 ERA.
– Sophomore left-handed pitcher Sean Doolittle moved to the Friday starter spot and struck out a career-high nine batters in a career-long eight inning outing to help the Cavaliers to a 2-1 win over #2 Clemson. Doolittle earned the no decision, but held the Tigers to four hits in eight innings. In two games against Clemson and Georgia Tech, Doolittle is 1-0 with 16 strikeouts in 14 innings holding the opponents to a 1.89 batting avg. During UVa’s winning streak, Doolittle is hitting .474 (9-for-19) with six runs and five RBIs. He’s walked nine times.
– Junior lefty Casey Lambert picked up two wins over No. 2 Clemson at home over the weekend in helping Virginia improve to 4-2 in the ACC. Lambert no-hit Clemson for one inning with the score tied, 1-1, to set up UVa for a 2-1 win Friday. In the series finale, he entered in the eighth and tossed 1 1/3 innings of no-hit baseball with the game tied, 4-4, as UVa went on to win 7-4.
– Senior designated-hitter Tom Hagan had a good Clemson series going 6-for-11 with one run and two RBI. Hagan is hitting .388 on the season and has hit .429 with four RBIs in the last six games.
– Freshman second baseman David Adams has five runs, five RBIs and eight hits during the Cavalier winning streak.
– Sophomore left fielder Brandon Guyer led the team with four RBIs in the Clemson series while hitting .417 (5-for-12). Guyer has gone 10-for-24 (.417) with seven RBIs, six runs and three doubles.
– Junior center fielder Tim Henry capped off his week by delivering the game-winning hit that put UVa ahead for good in the series finale win over Clemson. Henry scored the game-winning run in the first game of the Clemson series. Henry’s hitting .346 in the past couple of games witj nine hits and five RBIs. Henry is third on the team with 22 RBIs.
– Junior outfielder Brandon Marsh continued his hot hitting for the Cavs. Marsh hit .600 last week going 9-for-15 with 3 RBIs at the plate in helping UVa to a perfect 4-0 week.He slugged .800 and had a .632 on-base percentage. In the Clemson series, the junior college transfer hit .636, slugged .909 and posted a .667 on-base percentage. He drove in both runs in the 2-1 win over Clemson Friday night including the game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth. On the season, Marsh is hitting .508 (32-for-63) with 20 runs and 12 RBI. He’s slugging .655 with a .586 on-base percentage. During UVa’s win streak, the junior is 11-for-24 with seven runs and three RBIs.
– Freshman right-hander Jacob Thompson moved to 5-0 on the season after picking up the win in the second game of the Clemson series. Thompson held the Tigers to two runs on six hits in seven innings and struck out five. Opponents are only hitting .184 against Thompson.
– Sophomore lefty Pat McAnaney has 12 strikeouts in his last two appearances. He struck out seven in 5.2 innings to earn his second win of the season in a 10-3 win over Dayton. McAnaney had five strikeouts in five innings in the win over Marshall.