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 14, 2007
A Rough Go on the
It was a difficult week for us as we went 2-2 against two quality opponents.
In the midweek, it took another late-inning rally to down the Dukes of JMU, and
over the weekend, we were only victorious on Saturday – losing two of three to
Wake Forest in Winston-Salem.
On Tuesday, we boarded the bus and headed to James Madison for what was to be
a rare midweek away game. Despite their early season struggles, we knew the
Dukes had a strong team, and they certainly lived up to that.
As the leads changed a few times, it was ultimately our bullpen and Brandon
Marsh (who notched his second consecutive game-winning hit) who stepped up and
propelled us to our 13th straight victory. It was somewhat surreal as
Allie Swanson, a senior pitcher for the Dukes, took the loss. Allie pitched for
us the last two years before transferring to JMU this fall.
With things going well for us in all facets of the game, we were ready to
begin league play at Wake.
On Friday afternoon, we sent Sean Doolittle to the mound but the Deacon bats
came alive as Wake’s timely hitting gave them an 8-3 victory. Greg Miclat and
David Adams continued to swing the bat well as they both collected two hits.
The great thing about baseball is that you’re able to wipe the slate clean
and start over fresh the next day and that’s exactly what we did.
On Saturday, we made it a point to really take it to them from the first
pitch. We scored five runs in the first two innings and eventually jumped out to
a 12-0 lead. Adams was on fire, spraying singles all over the yard as led us
going 5 for 6.
Getting our first ACC win under our belts was big, and we went into
Championship Sunday looking to get a series win on the road.
Matt Packer toed the hill for the rubber match and gave a gutsy six innings
while earning a no-decision, and Beau Seabury collected four hits. But once
again, it was Wake’s timely hitting that gave them the 7-6 come-from-behind win.
Answering Wake’s Allan Dykstra’s two home runs were Doolittle and Brandon
Guyer. Doolittle’s three-run shot put us up 5-2, but in their ball park, no lead
is safe with the wind blowing out and a short porch in right. After Dykstra’s
second homer put them up 6-5, Guyer had a tremendous at-bat against Wake closer
Hunter, who relies on his slider as his out pitch, left one out over the
plate, and Guyer got all of it tying the game at 6 in the top of the ninth. In
the bottom half they pieced together a few singles and won in walk-off fashion
From a baseball fan’s perspective, it was an awesome game to be apart of - a
lot of strategy going on with pinch-hitters and match ups out of the bullpen.
Unfortunately we come up a little short.
This week, we’ll look to bounce back as Niagara comes to town on Tuesday and
we head down to Chapel Hill to take on UNC over the weekend.
Keeping it Rolling (3/9/07)
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)