Getting Back on Track
The Monarchs Snap Four-Game Losing Streak
The Old Dominion Monarchs (10-9) brought the heat to the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex on a cold night, defeating the Virginia State Trojans (13-8) in a 13-3 win. The Monarchs were looking to get on the right track and snap a four-game losing streak. They managed to do this in a dominating-like fashion.
The Monarchs recently took a 5-0 loss against North Carolina State before heading to Georgia State for a three-game series. Georgia State defeated Old Dominion in all three games, extending their losing streak to four games. Despite the losing streak, coming into this game, the Monarchs were pretty confident that the Trojans of Virginia State were a team that they could beat.
“I feel good about every win. That’s a team that we should beat. We rested some of our everyday starters today and some kids that haven’t been playing that much got a chance to play and they did a pretty good job,” head coach Chris Finwood said.
Junior second baseman Brian Bashara helped the Monarchs gain a quick 3-0 lead with a two-run triple in the second inning. The Virginia State Trojans managed to tie the game in the top of the third thanks to RBI doubles from Nicholas Christopher and Tyler Coleman. That would be the last time the Trojans would manage to make the scoreboard during the night.
Bashara ended the night with three hits and four RBIs. Freshman shortstop Conner Crookham greatly contributed to the Monarchs win with two hits and two RBIs. Monarchs leading hitter Ben Verlander added two hits, which were both doubles, while scoring twice. P.J. Higgins also had two hits, an RBI, and scored three times.
The Monarchs banged out an impressive 13 hits throughout the game.
The Trojans were held to just five hits on the night. Old Dominion’s baseball team must continue to work hard and make stops just as they did throughout this game against Virginia State to stay on the winning train.
Head coach Chris Finwood said, “We’ve just got to keep working on the fundamentals and keep getting better at throwing strikes. Today we did a good job throwing strikes, making routine plays, and getting some timely hits so today was a good step in the right direction.”
The Trojans were held to five hits by eight different Monarch pitchers.
Mitch Moynihan, Nick Jessee, Erick Baker, Michael Rienerth, Brandon Smith, and Brad Gero stopped the Trojans of Virginia State from getting a run and only allowed two hits in six innings.
The Old Dominion Baseball Monarchs season has been far from perfect, but they are hoping to stay on the winning train. “We’re making progress, we’ve got a lot of new players and we’ve had some ups and downs up to this point, but we’re moving in the right direction,” head coach Chris Finwood said.
The Monarchs look to continue progressing while hosting Towson in a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series starting March 22 at 6 p.m. at the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex.
By: Jasmine Blackwell