April 14, 2006
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - -
Sean Doolittle won his sixth game of the season while Tom Hagan knocked in four runs while going 2-for-4 as No. 17 Virginia won its third straight Atlantic Coast Conference game with an 8-3 victory over Boston College Friday night in the ACC series opener at Davenport Field. Tim Henry went 3-for-5 with two runs and one RBI while Brandon Marsh finished 3-for-6 with an RBI for UVa who improved to 29-9 and 9-7 in the ACC.
"That was a great way to start off the weekend. Obviously, we like playing at home especially after being on the road for some games, so our players didn't panic when we fell behind," UVa head baseball coach Brian O'Connor said. " Sean (Doolittle) pitched another good game for us while we strung together hits and drove in runs. I've coached against Boston College in the past, so I made our guys understand how important it was to get off on the right track against them in game one. That's what we did tonight."
Doolittle (6-1) tossed seven solid innings and held Boston College (18-16-1, 4-12 ACC) to three runs, all unearned, on six hits for Virginia, which is 21-2 at Davenport Field and 6-1 in home ACC games. Doolittle had two strikeouts. Michael Schwimer pitched the final two innings of the game. Brandon Guyer, Beau Seabury and Greg Miclat each had one hit for Virginia, which recorded 11 hits. Boston College's Michael Wanamaker took the loss in relief as he allowed five runs on five hits in two innings. BC starter Nate Jeanes left the game after giving up a run on two hits in 1 2/3 innings. He walked three. Johnny Ayers led the Eagles with a 2-for-4 performance.
The Cavaliers used a four-run fourth inning to break a 2-2 tie. Miclat and Henry hit back-to-back singles. Marsh's RBI single gave UVa a 3-2 lead. Doolittle reached on an error on his sacrifice bunt attempt to load the bases. David Adams
brought in Henry when he reached on Boston College's second error of the game putting the Hoos ahead, 4-2. Hagan's two-out single with the bases loaded scored two more runs as the Cavaliers pushed their lead to, 6-2.
Henry led off the bottom of the fifth with a single. He later scored on a throwing error to make it, 7-2. Boston College drew within, 7-3, in the top of the sixth on Dave Preziosi's RBI single. The Cavaliers added their eighth run on Hagan's fourth RBI, a single to left field which scored Guyer.
Boston College capitalized on three Virginia errors in the first two innings to jump out to a 2-0 lead. John Ayers led off the game with a single up the middle. After an UVa error on a sacrifice bunt attempt, Jared McGuire grounded out and Ayers scored late on the play, for a 1-0 BC lead. Ayers' RBI single in the top of the second scored Preziosi, who reached on an error.
Virginia answered with its first run in the bottom of the second. Henry drove in Jeremy Farrell pulling UVa within, 2-1. Hagan's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third scored Doolittle tying the game, 2-2.
Virginia continues its series with Boston College Saturday at 4 p.m. Freshman right-hander Jacob Thompson (6-1) will start for the Cavaliers. The final two games of the series can be heard live on WINA 1070 AM and via the internet at www.virginiasports.com.