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Old Dominion Defeats Richmond

Old Dominion Defeats Richmond
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The Monarchs gain fourth straight win

It 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.

Sports_Baseball_MarlieDeClerck_2-2Verlander 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.

Verlander, Higgins, and Urps each had two hits on the night for the Monarchs.  Cory Moheit and Jacob Mayers had two hits each for the Spiders.

Junior Brett Harris, who was honored as the 2009 Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year started for the first time in over a year.  Harris only allowed one run and one hit in three innings of play, with two walks and one strikeout.

Brandon Smith gained his sixth save of the season while Victor Diaz picked up the win in relief.

Old Dominion will now face Hofstra in a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series.  The series was scheduled to start on Friday afternoon, but has been postponed due to inclement weather. The two teams will now play a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.  The Monarchs are hopeful they will increase their winning streak.

Jasmine Blackwell

Staff Writer

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