June 2, 2006
UPDATE: The South Carolina-Evansville game has been postponed until 11 a.m. Saturday due to weather. Game #3 will start Saturday at 3 p.m. and Game #4 at 7 p.m.
CHARLOTTESVILLE - The Virginia baseball team opened play in the Charlottesville Regional of the NCAA Tournament with an 11-5 win over Lehigh Friday at Davenport Field. The win was the Cavaliers' first NCAA Tournament victory since 2004, the last time they hosted a regional.
Mike Ballard went 6.2 innings for Virginia, allowing five runs on seven hits while striking out six, to pick up the win. The victory makes Ballard 14-1 at Davenport Field over the past two seasons. Kyle Collins took the loss for Lehigh.
The Mountain Hawks (28-27) jumped out to the early 2-0 lead on Matt McBride's two-run home run in the top of the first inning. The Cavaliers (47-13) responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning, on sacrifice flies by Doolittle and Jeremy Farrell and a bases loaded walk by Tom Hagan.
Virginia added another run in the second inning as Marsh reached on a two-out walk. He then stole second and came around to score when the throw to second went into center field.
The lead increased to 9-2 the following inning as David Adams tripled to right to score Doolittle and Marsh. Adams then scored on Guyer's double to left.
In the fifth inning, Guyer's single scored Doolittle to give Virginia a 10-2 lead.
Lehigh cut the lead to 10-5 in the top of the seventh inning as Mike Sandonato scored on Liam O'Connor's sacrifice fly. Matt Geiger and McBride then had back-to-back RBI singles later in the inning.
The Cavaliers added one of their own in the bottom of the seventh as Doolittle walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch, to third on a pass ball, and scored on Guyer's RBI groundout.
Virginia will play the winner of Friday's second game, between South Carolina and Evansville, on Saturday. That game is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Lehigh will play the loser of the South Carolina-Evansville game at 1:00 p.m.
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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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