#14 UVa Baseball Heads to #21 NC State for Key ACC Series
March 30, 2006
#14 Virginia (24-5, 6-3 ACC) vs. #21 NC State (22-8, 5-4 ACC
Sun. Apr. 2, 1 p.m.
Virginia – LHP Mike Ballard (4-1, 2.32 ERA
NC State – RHP Eryk McConnell (4-3, 3.95 ERA)
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#14 VIRGINIA HEADS TO NC STATE TO START OFF SEVEN-GAME ROAD SWING
No. 14 Virginia takes to the road looking to continue its good start in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Cavaliers travel to No. 21 NC State for a three-game conference series. Game times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m., on Sunday. Virginia sits in second place in the ACC Coastal Division at 6-3. NC State is tied for second in the ACC Atlantic Division. The Cavaliers will throw the rotation of LHP Sean Doolittle (5-0, 1.42 ERA), RHP Jacob Thompson (5-1, 2.00 ERA) and LHP Mike Ballard (4-1, 2.32 ERA) while NC State counters with RHP Andrew Brackman (0-2, 8.68 ERA), LHP Eric Surkamp (2-1, 3.86 ERA) and RHP Eryk McConnell (4-3, 3.95 ERA).
SCOUTING #21 NC STATE
NC State (22-8, 5-4 ACC) picked up a mid-week win over in-state foe East Carolina, 5-4. The Wolfpack used a one-out single from Matt Camp in the bottom of the ninth to complete its rally after being down, 4-0. NC State sits in second place in the ACC Atlantic Division after dropping all three games of its series at Clemson last weekend. NC State has a series win over Georgia Tech and Boston College. Matt Mangini continues to lead the way for NC State as he is hitting .432 with a team-high 45 RBI. He has 15 extra-base hits including seven doubles, three triples and five home runs. NC State leads the conference hitting .352 as a team. The Wolfpack has scored 289 runs on 282 hits and hit 25 home runs. The pitching staff has compiled a 4.24 ERA.
SERIES VS. WAKE FOREST
NC State leads the all-time series with Virginia, 98-55-1. The Cavaliers and Wolfpack split the four meetings last season. NC State won the three-game series in Charlottesville last season, but the Cavaliers defeated NC State, 12-2, in the 2005 ACC Tournament. Brian O’Connor is 3-5 against NC State in two years.
HOOS IN THE POLLS
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. SEBaseball.com has UVa as the 14th best team in th nation while the Hoos are 15th in the Rosenblattreport.com poll.
ABOUT THE CAVALIERS
Virginia improved to 24-5 on the season after defeating Norfolk State Wednesday, 13-2. Brandon Marsh collected his third four-hit game of the season and Pat McAnaney ran his record to 4-1 in the win … Tom Hagan was a perfect 4-for-4 with five RBI in the 12-1 win over Coppin State Tuesday. 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 when UVa won at home over Wake Forest. 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 .199 batting average overall … Virginia is off to its best start in the program’s history at 24-5 and is the quickest team to 20 wins. The 2004 team started off the season 22-7 … Offensively, UVa hits .350 as a team with 362 hits in 1034 at-bats. The Cavalier pitching staff has a 2.23 ERA.
– Sophomore left-handed pitcher Sean Doolittle picked up his fifth win of the season after striking out a career 10 batters in the 3-2 win over Wake Forest. Doolittle held the Demon Deacons to two runs on four hits. In nine appearances, he is 5-0 with 1.42 ERA with 48 K’s in 38 innings and a .144 opponent batting average.
– Junior lefty Casey Lambert registered his third save of the season picking up two strikeouts in 1.1 innings in the 3-2 win over Wake Forest.- Sophomore left fielder Brandon Guyer hit his second home run of the season in the Wake Forest series finale. Guyer now has a team-high 16 extra-base hits while leading the team with 39 total hits. He’s already topped his season-high from a year ago in RBIs having driven in 34 runs in 29 games.
– Junior outfielder Brandon Marsh went 4-for-5 in the win over Norfolk State for his third four-hit game of the season. Marsh is hitting .488 (40-of-82) with 24 runs scored. He’s slugging ateam-best .610.- Freshman right-hander Jacob Thompson had another good outing as he held Wake Forest to one earned run on four hits in 6 2/3 innings and struck out four.
– Josh Myers, Andrew Carraway, Alex Smith and Nick Cruit combined for UVa’s second one-hitter of the season in the 12-1 win over Coppin State. Virginia one hit Saint Joseph’s on Mar. 4 in 21-0 win.
– Freshman second baseman David Adams hit his team-leading fourth home run in the 10-2 series finale win over Wake Forest. Adams leads the team with 32 runs scored and ties for second in RBI (26).
– Senior utility player Tom Hagan upped his batting average to .396 after going 4-for-4 with five RBI in the win over Coppin State and 1-2 with four runs scored and three walks in the 13-2 win over Norfolk State. Hagan has 38 hits on the season and is second on the team with 22 walks.