May 24, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The third-seeded Virginia baseball team moved to 2-0 in the 2007 ACC Championship with a 4-1 win over No. 7-seed Georgia Tech Thursday at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The Cavaliers have Friday off and will play No. 2-seed North Carolina at 1 p.m. Saturday in the final game of pool play. The team with the best record in the pool will advance to the championship game Sunday.
The Virginia-Georgia Tech contest will re-air on Comcast SportsNet in the Charlottesville area at 1:30 a.m. Friday.
"It feels very good to be 2-0 in this tournament, and it was nice to beat a very good Georgia Tech ball club today," Virginia head coach Brian O'Connor said. "I am just so proud of our team as they have hung in there in both of these ball games. Maybe things didn't go our way in the first five innings of the last two games, but we have continued to battle and found ways to score runs."
Doolittle (Tabernacle, N.J.) tossed 5 1/3 innings, allowing a run, four hits and three walks with eight strikeouts. He faced the minimum 12 batters through four innings and did not surrender a hit until the fifth. Jake Rule (Waynesboro, Va.) pitched 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief to pick up the win and move to 6-4 this year. Michael Schwimer (Alexandria, Va.) got the last four outs to earn his second save.
Jared Hyatt (8-1) took the loss after giving up three runs (two earned) and six hits in two innings of relief. Eddie Burns started for the Yellow Jackets and went six innings, surrendering a run, five hits and a walk while striking out five.
Four Cavaliers - Brandon Marsh (Alpharetta, Ga.), Brandon Guyer (Herndon, Va.), John Scaglione (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and Patrick Wingfield (Winchester, Va.) - recorded two hits apiece. Marsh also scored twice.
Virginia (43-13) broke the ice with a run in the fourth inning on a David Adams (Margate, Fla.) sacrifice fly. Georgia Tech (32-24) countered with its lone run of the contest on a Tony Plagman RBI single in the fifth inning to tie the game.
After a 39-minute rain delay in the sixth inning, the Yellow Jackets loaded the bases with one out and knocked Doolittle from the game. Rule came on and induced Luke Murton to hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat and keep the game tied.
In the eighth inning, Marsh singled to lead off and then stole second. He moved to third on a Doolittle groundout to first base and scored on a Guyer single to left field through the drawn-in infield. Guyer then stole second base, marking the Cavaliers' 125th stolen base of the season, which ties a school record, set in 1990.
The Cavaliers added two insurance runs in the ninth inning. Scaglione doubled off the wall to lead off and scored on a Wingfield single to center. Wingfield advanced to second on the throw home and moved to third when the ball went through to the backstop. Pinch hitter Tim Henry (Fairfield, Conn.) then hit the first pitch from new pitcher Brad Rulon to left field to plate Wingfield and give the Cavaliers a 4-1 lead.
Virginia fans can preorder tickets for a NCAA Regional online on the UVa Athletics Tickets Web site and by phone through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office at 800-542-UVA1 (8821) or 434-924-UVA1 (8821).
NCAA Regional sites will be announced on Sunday, May 27 and the NCAA field will be announced Monday, May 28. The Virginia Athletics Ticket Office will be closed Monday for Memorial Day, but tickets can be purchased online.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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