April 21, 2006
MIAMI, Fla. - - Sean Doolittle struck out nine to pick up his seventh win and No. 17 Virginia (33-9, 12-7 ACC) scored eight runs in the last four innings as the Cavaliers won the Atlantic Coast Conference series opener at No. 11 Miami, 8-2, Friday night at Mark Light Field. Brandon Guyer went 2-for-5 with two RBIs while Patrick Wingfield was 2-for-3 with one RBI. Beau Seabury was 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Cavaliers, who out-hit the Hurricanes (26-14, 11-8 ACC), 12-5.
"This was a great way to start off the weekend on the road in a key ACC series," said UVa head baseball coach Brian O'Connor, who celebrated his 35th birthday Friday. "My assistant coaches and I always preach to our players the importance of starting off well on the road. That's something that we had been struggling with. We knew we needed a quality starting pitching performance. Sean (Doolittle) responded with another solid performance while our offense stayed patient and produced runs."
Doolittle (7-1) scattered four hits over 7 1/3 innings. Michael Schwimer pitched the final 1 2/3 innings and added two strikeouts. The two combined to hold Miami to two hits over the last eight innings. Doolittle also finished 1-for-5 with two RBIs as all nine Cavalier starters had at least one hit in the game. Carlos Gutierrez (8-4) took the loss for the Hurricanes as he allowed five runs, three earned, on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. Gutierrez struck out three. Eddy Rodriguez led Miami going 2-for-3.
Brandon Marsh's RBI single down the left line put Virginia ahead, 6-2, in the top of the seventh. Seabury's RBI single in the top of the eighth scored Wingfield, who singled with two outs pushing the Cavalier lead to 7-2. Greg Miclat doubled down the left field line extending the Cavalier lead to 8-2.
Doolittle's two-run double in the top of the sixth started a five-run sixth for the Cavaliers. Tim Henry walked to lead off the inning and moved to third when Marsh reached on an error on a sacrifice bunt attempt. Doolittle drove in the two runs tying the game, 2-2. Guyer's third home run of the season put the Hoos ahead, 4-2. After a Tom Hagan double and a passed ball, Patrick Wingfield flied out to right field to score Hagan as UVa led, 5-2.
Danny Valencia's solo home run to left center with two outs gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. After a single by Richard O'Brien Jr., Yonder Alonso's RBI double put Miami ahead, 2-0.
Virginia and Miami continue their series Saturday at 7 p.m. Freshman right-hander Jacob Thompson will start for the Cavaliers. The game can be heard live on WINA 1070 AM and via the internet at www.virginiasports.com.
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