April 24, 2007
CHARLOTTESVILLE - The third-ranked Virginia baseball team returns home at 7 p.m. Wednesday, playing host to James Madison at Davenport Field. It will be `Turn Back the Clock Night' at the park, as the Cavaliers will wear throwback uniforms, select concessions will be $1 and old-time music will be played.
Virginia (34-9, 13-7 ACC) comes off a successful series at Clemson, where the Cavaliers won two-of-three for their first-ever series win at Clemson. The Cavaliers also defeated Richmond last week to go 3-1 for the week. Virginia's running game had a monster week, stealing 21 bases. Greg Miclat (Concord, N.C.) had a team-high seven steals, and the Cavaliers now have the sixth-most steals in the country with 108 (2.51 per game).
Casey Lambert (Harrisonburg, Va.) had two saves last week to give him nine this year and 41 for his career. He is now tied for the ACC saves record with Thad Chrisman (1992-95) of North Carolina and is among the top six in NCAA history. UC Irvine's Blair Erickson broke the NCAA saves record earlier this year and now has 51 career saves.
James Madison is 15-25 overall and 7-12 in the CAA after taking two-of-three games from Hofstra over the weekend in Harrisonburg. The Dukes will play Tuesday at Virginia Tech before coming to Charlottesville. All-America first baseman Kellen Kulbacki leads the Dukes with a .422 batting average, 17 home runs and 43 RBI. Lee Bujakowski, the reigning CAA Player of the Week, is hitting .396, while the Dukes are batting .298 as a team.
On the mound, JMU has a 6.32 team ERA, while Bobby Lasko (3.40) possesses the lowest individual ERA. The Dukes also like to run, with 78 stolen bases this year. JMU is coached by Spanky McFarland, who is in his 10th season at JMU and owns a 296-259-2 record.
Virginia holds a 32-23 edge in the all-time series after winning 6-5 in Harrisonburg on March 6. The Cavaliers have won seven-consecutive games against James Madison and are 4-0 against the Dukes under head coach Brian O'Connor.
Virginia jumps back into ACC play this weekend, playing host to Maryland in a three-game series. The series kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday.