Monarch Baseball Is Back
Harry Howard Jr.
ODU will open up their season this weekend with a three-game home stand against LIU Brooklyn at the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex. The series will be the start of the Monarchs’ favorable schedule that is loaded with home games.
“We are all very excited about our 2017 schedule. With 36 home games and 19 of our first 20 at home, our fans will get used to seeing us at The Bud,” ODU baseball head coach Chris Finwood said.
After going 32-24 last season, the Monarchs were picked to finish fourth in the C-USA coaches’ preseason poll. They return eight starters led by Sam Sinnen who went 6-1 last season in 13 starts with a 3.84 earned run average. His brother, catcher Kurt Sinnen, third baseman/outfielder Nick Walker and shortstop Zach Rutherford are key returning position players.
Following the LIU Brooklyn series, ODU will host Kentucky, Saint Josephs and Deleware in their annual ODU Baseball tournament.
“With non-conference games against teams from the SEC (Kentucky), ACC (Virginia and Virginia Tech), Big Ten (Rutgers) and Big 12 (West Virginia), we are challenging ourselves against some great competition. We are also adding Virginia Tech to our Harbor Park schedule this year which should be exciting for all the Hokie fans here in Tidewater,” Finwood said.
ODU’s Conference USA play begins in March with a home series against Rice March 17-19.