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March 29, 2006

Game #29
Mar. 29, 2006
#14 Virginia (23-5) vs. Norfolk State (11-14), 5 p.m.

UVa LHP: Pat McAnaney (3-1, 4.01 ERA)
Norfolk RHP: Luke Foss (2-2, 4.26 ERA)
Davenport Field at UVa Baseball Stadium
Charlottesville, Va.


Virginia concludes its 10-game homestand when the Cavaliers host Norfolk State Wednesday. Virginia is off to its best start in the program’s history at 23-5 after defeating Coppin State, 12-1, Tuesday. Senior utility player Tom Hagan drove in five runs while going 4-for-4. He also had three stolen bases. UVa brings a 2.28 team ERA into the game, which ranks second in the ACC. The team is second in the ACC while hitting .346. The Cavaliers will send sophomore LHP Pat McAnaney (3-1, 4.01 ERA) to the mound.

The Spartans (11-14) swept defending MEAC champions, North Carolina A&T, over the weekend, 11-3, 4-0 and 11-10. Shortstop T.J. Starkey leads the way with a .378 batting clip. He has 34 hits in 90 at-bats. Second baseman Moriba George has driven in 20 runs while batting .313. Norfolk State hits .285 as a team while compiling a 4.68 ERA.

Virginia is 2-0 against Norfolk State under head coach Brian O’Connor.

Virginia improved to 23-5 on the season after one-hitting Coppin State Tuesday in a 12-1 win. Josh Myers, Andrew Carraway, Alex Smith and Nick Cruit combined for Virginia’s second one-hitter of the season. Myers picked up his second win of the season … Tom Hagan was a perfect 4-for-4 with five RBI in the win over Coppin State. He added three stolen bases. Head Coach Brian O’Connor picked up his 10th ACC series win and registered his first 2 of 3 ACC series win. O’Connor’s previous nine ACC series’ wins were all sweeps … Virginia posted a 1.33 ERA in the Wake Forest series and struck out 29 in 27 innings. Wake Forest only hit .194 against UVa pitchers. The Cavalier pitching staff is holding opponents to a .208 batting average in ACC games, while striking out 78 in 79 innings and a .199 batting avg. overall … Virginia is off to its best start in the program’s history at 23-5 and is the quickest team to 20 wins. The 2004 team started off the season 20-7 … Offensively, UVa hits .346 as a team with 344 hits in 995 at-bats.

Virginia cracked the Top 20 in college baseball polls. The Cavaliers are No. 14 in Collegiate Baseball, No. 18 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, 23rd in Baseball America and 23rd in the NCBWA poll. has UVa as the 14th best team in th nation while the Hoos are 15th in the poll.

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