April 8, 2006
DURHAM, N.C. - - Jacob Thompson matched a career-high with eight strikeouts in eight innings while David Adams and Tim Henry each drove in three runs as No. 18 Virginia defeated Duke, 7-3, Saturday afternoon to even their three game series. The Cavaliers improved to 26-9 and 6-7 in the Atlantic Coast Conference while Duke fell to 11-25 and 4-10 in the ACC. The teams will play the rubber game on Sunday at 1 p.m.
"That was a great way for us to bounce back after a one-run loss Friday night. Jacob (Thompson) has been so consistent for us all season. Our guys rallied behind him and played well," UVa head baseball coach Brian O'Connor said. "Now, we have to carry this momentum over to the series finale tomorrow."
Thompson (6-1) scattered seven hits over the eight innings. He allowed three runs. Michael Schwimer relieved Thompson in the ninth and struck out three of the four batters he faced too end the game.
Henry ended up 2-for-3 with one run and the three RBIs while Adams was 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Greg Miclat, Sean Doolittle, Brandon Guyer. Patrick Wingfield, Tom Hagan and Beau Seabury each had a hit as UVa pounded out 10 hits in the game. Adam Murray and Javier Soccorro both added a pair of hits for the Blue Devils. Jonathan Anderson took the loss for Duke as he allowed six runs in five innings.
Henry's sacrifice fly to center field scored Hagan in the top of the sixth to put the Hoos ahead, 7-3. Hagan led off the sixth with a double down the left field line.
The Cavaliers broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the fifth. Henry singled to lead off the fifth. With one out, Brandon Marsh drew a one-out walk. Doolittle followed with a single to left center loading the bases for Adams. Adams doubled to center field to clear the bases as UVa led, 6-3.
Soccorro made it, 3-1, in the bottom of the second when he scored on a ground out by Michael Williams. Jimmy Gallagher's RBI double in the bottom of the third pulled the Blue Devils within, 3-2. Duke tied the game, 3-3, in the bottom of the fourth on Adam Murray's RBI single to left center.
David Adams' bunt single started off a three-run second inning for the Cavaliers. Guyer and Jeremy Farrell both reached on errors to load the bases. With two outs, Henry singled up the middle to score Adams and Guyer for a 2-0 Cavalier advantage. Miclat doubled down the left field line to bring in Beau Seabury putting the Hoos ahead, 3-0.
Virginia will send left-handed pitcher Mike Ballard to the mound in the series finale.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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