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.
April 4, 2007
Last week proved to be a great week for us as we went 4-0
with a dramatic walk-off on Tuesday and a sweep over the weekend.
The Longwood Lancers came to Davenport Field on Tuesday for an in-state midweek
game. We were told they were off to their best start in school history, and they
certainly played like it.
The Lancers jumped out to a 3-0 lead. We clawed our way back, scoring one in the
sixth on a Sean Doolittle solo homer. In the eighth, David Adams scored on an
errant pick off throw to tie the game at 3.
As previously mentioned, these tight midweek games are great for us because they
keep us sharp for our ACC series on the weekend. In the top of the ninth, Casey
Lambert came in to a bases loaded, one-out jam and continued his dominance,
striking out the next two hitters with a steady diet of sharp breaking balls.
In the bottom half, Tyler Cannon drew a leadoff walk and was bunted over to
second. Pinch-hitter John Scaglione crushed a ball to center that was knocked
down by the wind for the second out. This brought Brandon Marsh to the plate,
who in the past two years has four or five game winning hits. Marsh delivered
and sent a line drive down the right-field line to give us the 4-3 win. It was a
great way to rebound from Sunday’s home loss to Miami and gave us some momentum
heading into a key series at Virginia Tech.
After classes on Thursday, we got on the bus for the short ride down to
Blacksburg. We checked into the hotel and then went over to English Field for
our typical pre-series workout.
On Friday, we sent Jacob Thompson to the mound, and he was impressive once again
as he continued his dominance of ACC hitters. His ability to command his
fastball and throw his power breaking ball in any count has made him nearly
unhittable. Friday’s game turned out just like you draw it out on paper –
Thompson going seven with Michael Schwimer pitching the eighth and handing the
ball to Lambert for the ninth. Offensively, Tim Henry delivered a big two-run
double that gave us a 3-1 win.
On Saturday, we came out with a little more intensity. Brandon Marsh led the
offense with four hits as we scored several runs with two outs. Brandon Guyer
also hit his third homer of the year in the eighth. On the mound, Andrew
Carraway was brilliant out of the pen, as he has been all year, serving in a
long-relief role. He went five scoreless innings in earning his fourth win of
With the series win under our belts, we were looking for nothing less than a
sweep heading into Sunday.
With the reigning ACC player of the year pitching on Sunday, we felt very
confident about our chances to win knowing Doolittle is going to give us a
chance to win every time out. With a strong 6.2 inning performance, Doc did just
that. Tim Henry continued his solid weekend with two more hits as we completed
After the game we attended an annual barbecue with Virginia Tech and then made
the trip home.
A workout is scheduled for Monday with an away game on Tuesday at VMI. With four
ACC weekends in the books we are looking for another solid series against Duke
Getting a Lift from P-Mac (3/29/07)
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)