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 29, 2007
Getting a Lift from
This past week, we continued to play good baseball as we went 3-1 against
Richmond and Miami.
On Wednesday, we traveled to Richmond to play the U of Richmond. We got a
huge boost on the mound with the return of Pat McAnaney. P-Mac, coming off an
injury, made his first start of the year and picked up right where he left off
last year, going five strong innings. He will be big addition to our staff as we
hit the midpoint of the season. The offense continued to roll with Brandon Guyer
collecting four hits and Greg Miclat reaching base all five times - drawing four
No surprise that Guyer and Miclat led us offensively. They have been doing it
all year - Miclat, who seems to always be on base, and Guyer, who has not missed
many opportunities to drive in runs.
With an 11-1 win, we headed into the weekend to play Miami at home.
Friday night saw a tremendous atmosphere with Jacob Thompson putting together
what could have been his best outing in a Virginia uniform to date. J.T. went
eight innings, giving up an earned run on only four hits. He also punched out 10
before handing the ball to Casey Lambert, who recorded his fifth save by
striking out the side in the ninth.
It was a typical ACC game that saw good pitching and situational hitting.
Miami starter Eric Erickson located very well and threw an effective change up
to keep us somewhat off balance.
A key to winning games like these is to be able to take advantage of mistakes
and opportunities given to you. We were able to take advantage of a few
Hurricane miscues in the second as Patrick Wingfield gave us a 1-0 lead by
scoring from second on an errant pick-off throw. Guyer, Miclat and David Adams
all had two hits apiece as we were able to manufacture a few more to propel us
to a 4-1 victory and a fireworks display beyond the right-field wall.
On Saturday afternoon, Matt Packer took the mound and turned in another
tremendous effort. Packer went five and a third scoreless and struck out eight.
Andrew Carraway threw the ball well again bridging the gap to Lambert, who got
his second consecutive save - throwing eight strikes and retiring the side in
Having a dominant closer really shortens the game - we know if we can get
Casey the ball in the eighth or ninth, we are giving ourselves a very good
chance to win the ball game.
We were able to capitalize on offense again as Guyer moved to second on a
botched pick-off attempt, and Wingfield rose up to drive him in. Guyer and Adams
each drove in runs in fifth that proved to be insurance as we won 3-0. We were
now in the driver’s seat with a perennial power house on the ropes as we looked
for the sweep on Sunday.
Sean Doolittle, who was moved to Sunday to allow him to play first base on
Friday and Saturday, turned out a quality start. He gave us a chance to win, and
that is what you ask for out of your starter. Unfortunately it was not enough as
we fell 4-2.
In another close ballgame, we were unable to get that timely hit. Doolittle
added a solo home run in the eighth, but it was too little too late. We
recognize that when we’re in a position to sweep a team - especially at home -
we need to seize that opportunity. It’s something that we will learn from and no
doubt become stronger as a result. With the way things are starting out in ACC
play - everyone beating everyone - a series win is huge and that is what we
accomplished this weekend.
We’re back in action this week with five games. We’re at home Tuesday and
Wednesday against George Mason and Longwood. Over the weekend we’re in
Blacksburg to take on Virginia Tech, who is playing really well of late.
Getting Back on Track (3/21/07)
A Rough Go on the Road (3/14/07)
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)