Jeremy Farrell is a sophomore infielder for Virginia who will contribute a
journal to CollegeBaseballInsider.com in 2007. Farrell, a native of
Monmouth, N.J., who grew up in Westlake, Ohio, was named a Louisville Slugger
Freshman All-American after batting .324 with two homers and 32 RBI. He started
45 of the 48 games he played in 2006, primarily at third base. Farrell, who was
drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 41st round of the 2005 Major League
Draft, is the son of John Farrell, pitching coach of the Boston Red Sox.
March 9, 2007
Keeping it Rolling
We kept rolling this past week as we went 4-0 against two quality opponents
in VMI and Delaware.
It’s always good to play tight midweek games because it better prepares you
for what is to come on the weekend. VMI came in and threw some quality arms at
us with velocity that we had not seen for a few games. After the Keydets tied it
up at 3 in the fourth, we didn’t look back after plating two more runs with a
Brandon Guyer single and a Sean Doolittle home run. Andrew Carraway came out of
the ‘pen and struck out seven over three innings of work. Michael Schwimer and
Casey Lambert nailed down the back half of the game to preserve our 11th
Over the weekend, Delaware’s potent offense visited Davenport Field. On
Friday afternoon, we came out swinging the bats well and put up 11 runs.
Offensively, we were led by Tyler Cannon, who knocked in six runs with a 2-for-4
effort - a great day for the freshman who will be counted on heavily as the
On Saturday, another double-digit run total propelled us to a 10-4 win over
the Blue Hens. Patrick Wingfield hit a grand slam to deep left to cap a two-out
rally in the third. Jacob Thompson had another quality start, striking out eight
over six innings of work.
On Championship Sunday, we looked to go for the sweep and cap a perfect
12-game home stand. Sundays are big in college baseball because on Sunday you
have the ability to go for a sweep, prevent a sweep or win the rubber game and
take the series.
It is also typically the day on which championships are won – ACC Tournament,
Regional, Super Regional and World Series. The game took on a different tone
from the previous two as we won in dramatic fashion on a Brandon Marsh walk-off
single that scored Mike Mitchell.
Unable to notch a key hit with runners on base, we relied on Marsh’s heroics
and another solid day for the bullpen as Carraway, Alex Smith, Jake Rule and
Schwimer shut down an offense that led the nation in home runs and doubles last
We’re on Spring Break this week, and for us, it’s a welcome break from
school. It allows us to re-focus and re-energize as we head into league play
this weekend at Wake Forest.
With James Madison on Tuesday (editor’s note - the Cavs won 6-5 to extend
their winning streak to 13 games) and an off day scheduled for Wednesday -
we will work out Thursday morning and bus down to Wake following practice.
This is when it really starts to get fun, and we’re anxious to see what this
team can do.
Inching Closer to ACC Play (3/1/07)
Treating GW to a Presidents' Day Sweep (2/21/07)
Kicking Off the Season (2/14/07)
Great Expectations (2/8/07)
(photo courtesy of Virginia Media Relations Office)