Seven Run Inning Propels Monarchs to Victory Over WKU
Trailing by three with one out in the eighth inning, the Old Dominion Monarchs erupted for seven runs. The 12-8 victory completed a three-game weekend sweep over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.
It was their fifth win in a row, which matches their longest streak of the season. They improved to 16-4 and 3-0 in conference play, while Western Kentucky fell to 11-8 and 0-3.
Monarch’s catcher Kyle Beam and first baseman Kurt Sinnen delivered to two big blows in the inning.
“We have a bunch of guys who just keep battling,” Sinnen said.
Beam stepped into the batter’s box with the bases loaded and trailing by three. He drove the first pitch he saw down the right field line with his base clearing double. He advanced to third when a throw to the plate failed to get a sliding Turner Bishop with the game-tying run (8-8).
The next hitter, Jason McMurray delivered the game-winning hit with a single through the right side of the infield, scoring Beam from third.
Nick Lustrino reached on an error before Sinnen drove a 1-1 fastball off the base of the right-field wall for a two RBI triple.
It was the second comeback for the Monarchs of the day. There was a pitcher’s duel for the first five innings, with both teams tied at one heading into the sixth.
Old Dominion head coach Chris Finwood did not expect a lot of runs because of the weather conditions, but was happy his team kept battling.
Western Kentucky tallied four runs, but the lead was short lived. Old Dominion came right back with four of their own in the bottom half of the sixth. In the eighth, the Hilltoppers would once again surge ahead. They notched three runs before the offensive explosion by the Monarchs.
“They (Western Kentucky) are a very good hitting team,” Finwood said. “Our guys just kept scratching and clawing – they never gave up.”
Beam led three Monarchs with two hits, while adding three RBIs and two runs scored. McMurray and Will Morgan added two hits each. Sinnen added three RBIs and Nick Lustrino scored twice.
Pitcher Jake Josephs tossed 1.1 innings and benefitted from the Monarch’s comeback as he improved his record to 2-1 on the season.
Old Dominion will travel to Houston to take on the defending conference champion Rice Owls in a three-game series beginning Friday at 7:30 p.m.