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 13, 2007
In a week that saw us go 2-2, we were handed losses by VMI
as well as Duke over the weekend.
On Tuesday, we traveled to Virginia Military Institute to take on the Keydets in
their beautiful brand new ballpark. We ran into a solid arm, and other than
Brandon Guyer crushing a home run to deep left – our offense was kept in check
as we fell 5-2.
One thing we were able to take away from this game was to remember to play
together, not to panic when things do not go our way, and to battle both on the
mound and at the plate. If we come to the ballpark everyday with this mentality,
we should be in a good position to have a chance to win given the makeup of our
Over the weekend, Duke came to town. Last year, they beat us on Friday night at
their place, and we knew that they were bringing a much improved team to town –
having beaten Georgia Tech and Florida State on each of the past two Saturdays.
However, this particular Friday night belonged to Jacob Thompson. Thompson
continued his string of outstanding performances with a complete-game, four-hit
shutout. He has become a tremendous No. 1 starter for us – putting us in a
position to win the series opener every time he takes the mound. Offensively
Greg Miclat, Brandon Marsh and Sean Doolittle each had two hits, and Miclat
scored three times as we took Game 1 4-0.
After the game Friday night, Coach O’Connor reiterated Duke’s recent success on
Saturdays, stating that they would undoubtedly be ready to play as they were
throwing their ace. In a weird game that was very similar to our season-ending
game last year in the regional against Evansville, we could do nothing right.
They beat us on the mound, in the field and at the plate, rolling to a 13-9
victory. We scored a few late to get us back in the game, and we looked to that
as momentum to carry into the rubber game on Sunday, when we would give
Doolittle the ball.
Doolittle didn’t disappoint, as he gave us six strong innings while allowing
only one unearned run. Michael Schwimer and Casey Lambert combined for three
scoreless in relief to give us the series – winning 8-1. Guyer continued his
offensive tear, homering for the second time on the weekend and third of the
week. Beau Seabury and Tyler Cannon also had two hits as we collected 10 on the
We’ve reached the halfway point of our conference schedule and are confident
that we can continue our first-half success in the latter portion of the
schedule. On Tuesday, we go down to Richmond to take on VCU at The Diamond –
home of the Richmond Braves. Over the weekend, Georgia Tech comes to
Charlottesville in what should be an intense and spirited weekend of baseball.
An In-State Sweep (4/4/07)
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)