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May 1, 2006

GREENSBORO, N.C. – – Virginia sophomore lefty Sean Doolittle was tabbed Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week announced by the league office Monday. Doolittle joins teammates Casey Lambert (Mar. 20) and Mike Ballard (Apr. 17) as Cavaliers who have earned the honor this season.

Doolittle (8-1) recorded a career-high 13 strikeouts in 6.1 innings in picking up his eighth win of the season in a 6-0 shutout at Maryland. He no-hit the Terrapins through 5.1 innings and retired the first 17 batters he faced. He struck out the side three times and had a string of eight consecutive strikeouts. It was also the fourth time this season that he had at least nine strikeouts and the second time for double digit strikeouts. Doolittle has 22 K’s in his last two starts. Offensively, the Tabernacle, N.J. native finished the series 5-for-11 with two doubles, a home run and six RBIs. On the season, the sophomore southpaw is 8-1 with a 1.99 ERA while holding opponents to a .181 batting average. He now has 83’Ks in 68 innings.

Virginia pitchers earned the honor for the third time in 2006, which is the most since 1995. The Cavaliers had four pitchers earn ACC Pitcher of the Week that year: Joel Canady, John Cappelmann, Pat Daneker and Seth Greisinger.

North Carolina’s Benji Johnson and Clemson’s Marquez Smith were selected as this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Co-Players of the Week. Johnson led the Tar Heels to a 5-0 week, including a sweep of Duke, by hitting .471 (8-for-17) with four home runs and eight RBI. Smith hit .429 (6-for-14) with four home runs and seven RBI to lead the Tigers to a 4-0 week, including a sweep of Virginia Tech.

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