April 30, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - -
Jeremy Farrell launched a three-run home run in the fifth inning and Casey Lambert registered his seventh save of the season as No. 13 Virginia completed the Atlantic Coast Conference series sweep of Maryland, 7-5, Sunday afternoon at Shipley Field. Brandon Guyer also hit a home run as he finished 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs for the Cavaliers who took over sole possession of second place in the ACC Coastal Division. Virginia is now 38-10 and 16-8 in the ACC. The 16 wins are the second most ACC wins in program history.
"This was a big series win for us," UVa head baseball coach Brian O'Connor said. "We wanted to come up here and give ourselves a chance to win this series. Our players never let-up and played with a lot of confidence. It's hard to sweep any team, but to get a sweep on the road helped us a lot in this tough conference. We won three series on the road in April, which gives us a lot of momentum heading back home to wrap up the conference season."
Andrew Carraway (2-0) held the Terrapins to two hits in two scoreless innings in earning his second win of the season. Mike Ballard started the game for Virginia and allowed four runs on seven hits before giving way to Carraway in the fifth. Michael Schwimer pitched a scoreless inning in relief for the Cavaliers before Lambert pitched the final two innings, holding Maryland to one run on two hits. Farrell finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Brandon Marsh, Sean Doolittle and David Adams each had a hit for UVa. Maryland was led by Matt Maropis, who went 3-for-5 with three RBI and Dan Melvin, who also finished 3-for-5 with an RBI.
Adams started another two-out rally for the Cavaliers in the top of the fifth. He walked before Guyer doubled down the right field line putting runners in scoring position. Farrell slammed his second home run of the season over the fence in left center putting Virginia back on top, 7-4.
Maryland threatened in the bottom of the seventh loading the bases with one out. Schwimer got Jason Von Behren to line into a double play to get the Hoos out of the jam. Chad Durakis' ground out in the bottom of the ninth scored Joe Palumbo to make it, 7-5.
The Terrapins loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth. Maropis singled up the middle scoring two runs to tie the game, 4-4.
Maryland snapped a string of 23 scoreless innings by Cavalier pitchers with two runs in the bottom of the third. Maropis' RBI double down the left field line brought in Dan Benick bringing the Terrapins within, 4-1. Melvin's RBI single scored Maropis as Maryland trailed, 4-2.
Marsh's double down the right field line started a two-out rally for the Cavaliers in the top of the third. Doolittle followed with an RBI double off the center field fence putting Virginia ahead, 2-0. After a David Adams' infield single gave UVa runners on the corners, Guyer slapped a single into right field to score Doolittle to make it, 3-0. Jeremy Farrell's RBI single through the right side put Virginia ahead, 4-0.
Guyer's fifth home run landed over the fence in left field putting the Hoos ahead, 1-0, in the top of the second.
Virginia returns home to host Mount St. Mary's at 7 p.m. Tuesday night. UVa will turn back the clock for a throw-back night at the park. Admission is $1. The Cavaliers will dawn an old-style look and fans will be treated to $1 concessions.
Series Notes: Virginia's pitching staff posted a 1.67 ERA in the Maryland series allowing five runs on 21 hits. UVa pitchers struck out 29 in 27 innings ... Virginia out-hit Maryland, .303-.221 ... The Cavaliers hit four home runs in the series and had 12 extra-base hits in the series ... Virginia had a string of 23 scoreless innings snapped in the bottom of the third of the series finale, when Maryland scored its first run of the series ... The Cavaliers posted back-to-back shutouts for the second time this season and shut out an ACC opponent in back-to-back games for the first time in program history ... Sophomore outfielder Brandon Guyer hit .538 (7-for-13) in the series with three doubles, a home runs and two runs for three RBI. He has three home runs in last two ACC series ... David Adams finished the series 6-for-12 with five runs and three RBIs ... Sophomore Sean Doolittle drove in six runs in the Maryland series as he finished 5-for-11 with three runs, two doubles and a home run ... Freshman right-hander Jacob Thompson won his ninth game of the season, which puts him in a tie for third place for wins in a single-season all-time ... Doolittle's 13 strikeouts were a career-high giving him 83 K's in 68 innings in 2006. He is holding opponents to a .181 batting avg. He is now 8-1 with a 1.99 ERA ... The 16 ACC wins are the second-most all-time. UVa registered 18 conference wins in Brian O'Connor's first season in 2004 ... O'Connor has now swept 18 of the 35 three-game series he has coached in at UVa ... The Cavs have won 6 of their 8 conference series. The last time Virginia won three ACC road series was in 2004.