#17 UVa Baseball Wins Series Opener at #11 Miami, 8-2

VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM Sean Doolittle struck out nine to pick up his seventh win of the season at Miami.
VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM
Sean Doolittle struck out nine to pick up his seventh win of the season at Miami.
VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM

April 21, 2006

Box Score

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.