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 19, 2007
Tight Games, Followed
by Sadness in Virginia
This week’s column comes on a somber note here at Virginia.
On behalf of the entire Cavalier team, I want to send our deepest condolences to
the people of Virginia Tech. It is a terrible tragedy that has saddened and
shocked our team, and we are keeping all the Virginia Tech people in our
thoughts and prayers.
Despite only playing three games this past week – they were all great games. One
played in a AAA ballpark, one extra-inning pitchers’ duel and one walk-off home
On Tuesday, we went to Richmond to play a quality opponent in VCU at The Diamond
– home of the Richmond Braves. Playing in a big stadium like that adds
excitement and gives you an extra bounce in your step.
The weather served as a preview for what was to come later in the week as two
balls were crushed to right field – one by Sean Doolittle – and seemingly hit a
wall. As the pitchers in the bullpen described it, the balls actually got caught
up in the wind so much that they went over the wall and came back onto the
field. Anyway, Jeff Lorick pitched out of a few jams and showed huge signs of
maturity as he kept us in the ball game. David Adams went 2 for 3, and Tyler
Cannon added three RBI as we went on to win 8-1.
Over the weekend, Georgia Tech came to town, and the games proved to be just as
tight as anticipated. Friday night Jacob Thompson continued his string of
quality starts, going seven-plus. However, he was matched pitch for pitch by
Tech starter David Duncan. We were only able to score a single run – coming in
the fifth as Brandon Marsh plated Greg Miclat. They took the lead in top of the
11th, and we were unable to answer in the bottom half – something we would
capitalize on in Saturday’s game.
Saturday’s game was moved up to a noon start because of inclement weather
expected in the area. We jumped out to an early lead when Brandon Marsh hit a
solo shot to left in the first. After that, Tech seemed to take control as we
fought to stay in the game. Down 6-4 in the bottom of the ninth, the relentless,
never-give-up attitude of our team allowed us to steal a win from a pretty good
closer in Danny Payne. With two outs Doolittle battled to draw a walk. Brandon
Guyer followed with a hit by pitch to give us runners on first and second. This
brought David Adams to the plate. Looking dead red, he was able to turn around
an inside fastball and send it into the left-field bleachers.
A home plate mobbing ensued. Patrick McAnaney threw three solid innings in
relief to pick up his second win of the year. The win turned out to be huge as
we were able to earn a series split with the rainout on Sunday.
Hopefully Saturday’s heroics can give us an extra boost as we get into the last
four series of the year. Up next is Richmond at home on Tuesday and Clemson at
their place over the weekend.
Split Week (4/13/07)
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)