May 16, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia Cavaliers (34-17) recorded their 11th shutout of the season with a 2-0 victory over the visiting North Carolina A&T Aggies (27-25) in a non-conference game at Davenport Field at the UVa Baseball Stadium. Virginia broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the seventh inning when Tom Hagan's RBI-single through the right side drove in Brandon Guyer for the game-winning run, while UVa starting pitcher Pat McAnaney improved to 7-0 on the season by turning in a superb starting performance. McAnaney struck out a career-high nine batters in the victory to help the Cavaliers win their 34th game this season and their 28th contest at home on Fan Appreciation Day.
"Tonight was a great ballgame," said UVa head baseball coach Brian O'Connor. "We knew (NC A&T starting pitcher) Michael Hauff was an outstanding pitcher and he tied us in knots for the first six innings. Fortunately in the seventh inning, we were able to figure him out a little bit.
"Pat McAnaney pitched an outstanding ballgame for us tonight as well. He had a career-high in strikeouts and improved to 7-0. I am really excited about his development in his young career. He has continued to get better and better and I believe he is going to be a factor for our pitching staff rolling into the postseason."
After both teams battled through six and a half innings of scoreless baseball, Virginia drew first blood and mounted a two-out rally in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a 1-0 lead. UVa's Guyer singled to left-center field before Scott Headd connected on a high-chopping single to shortstop that allowed him to reach first base while Guyer advance to second. One batter later, the Cavaliers' Hagan lined a RBI-single through the right side to drive in Guyer on the play for the eventual game-winning run.
One inning later, Virginia added an insurance run and made it a 2-0 ballgame in the bottom of the eighth inning when Kyle Werman led off the side with a triple down the right field line before he scored a run in UVa's next at-bat on Tim Henry's RBI-single to left field. That would be all the scoring the Cavaliers would need as their pitching staff did the rest.
UVa's McAnaney (7-0) picked up the win after going 7.0 scoreless innings and allowed only three hits (just two after the first batter of the game) and struck out a game-high nine batters. McAnaney's nine strikeouts were a career-high for the first-year lefty. The Cavaliers' Sean Doolittle also pitched an inning of scoreless relief and struck out one batter before closer Casey Lambert stepped on the mound and sealed the game to earn his school-record 13th save of the season.
North Carolina A&T's Hauff (8-3) pitched a solid game and went 7.0 innings and allowed just one run on seven hits and struck out a team-high six batters.
Virginia will return to action on Tuesday, May 17th when the Cavaliers travel to Harrisonburg, Va. to face the James Madison Dukes in a non-conference game. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 PM. The contest is UVa's final regular season road game and is also Virginia's final non-conference game this season.
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