The Monarchs gain fourth straight winIt was a beautiful day at Bud Metheny Baseball Complex when the Old Dominion Monarchs (17-14) defeated the Richmond Spiders (21-10) 7-4.This game marks the fourth straight win for the Monarchs, who swept James Madison University this past weekend. Old Dominion continues to gain confidence with every win they get.“With college kids, confidence is a big part of it. Last week we didn’t have a lot of confidence, we were struggling with it a little bit and we played better this weekend. The guys have been feeling a lot better about themselves,” said head coach Chris Finwood.One player who appears to be very confident with his play is Ben Verlander. This week’s Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week. Verlander had a big game, knocking in four runs and helping the Monarchs to a much-deserved victory.Verlander ranked fifth in the Colonial Athletic Association for hitting at .402. Having an amazing season, it has had a major impact on the success of the Old Dominion Baseball team. “He’s having a heck of a year in every way and the guys are kind of feeding off of his energy,” said head coach Chris Finwood.The Monarchs played well on the offensive and defensive side against the Spiders. “Well it was a good ball game. We had the third inning when Ben hit his homerun and we were able to score four and get a lead. We played good defense too. That was a big part of the game,” said head coach Chris Finwood.The Monarchs were trailing the Spiders at the bottom of the third. Fortunately, they managed to rally together and score four runs. This was a big inning for Verlander who hit a three-run homer, plating Tyler Urps and Connor Myers. Then P.J. Higgins gained an RBI sending Jordan Negrini home. By the end of the inning the Monarchs were leading the Spiders 4-1.In the fourth, Urps singled in Mike Perez, putting the Monarchs up 5-1. The Spiders fought back with the help of Cory Moheit scoring an RBI double in the fifth. Adam Forrer and Jansen Fraser each gained RBI’s in the sixth inning, making the score 5-4.The Monarchs managed to pull away in the seventh inning when Verlander singled home Tyler Urps, and later Negrini sent home freshman Brian Beard.