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Mace & Crown | March 20, 2018

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ODU Baseball Hosts Annual Baseball Tournament

ODU Baseball Hosts Annual Baseball Tournament

Dallas Reid
Contributing Writer

The ODU baseball team brought their winning streak to four with a tough 2-1 victory over Delaware Friday night at the Bud Metheney Baseball Complex. The Monarchs started 4-0 for the second consecutive season.

With two outs and Junior Zach Rutherford in scoring position, Senior Kurt Sinnen stepped up early with a RBI in his first at-bat giving ODU an early 1-0 lead going into the second inning. Sinnen finished 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs in the win.

“I was just grateful that Zach and Culver (Lamb) gave me the opportunity to knock them in, they both did a great job getting things going with two outs,” Sinnen said.

After a single in the third inning, a delayed steal and a wild pitch, Rutherford advanced to third base before Sinnen drove him in again with two outs to give the Monarchs a 2-0 lead. Rutherford finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

The Fightin’ Blue Hens attempted to climb back in the fifth inning when redshirt sophomore Kevin Mohollen hit an RBI triple to narrow the lead to 2-1. Mohollen was 2-for-4 and the only Blue Hen to have more than 1 hit due to ODU’s tough pitching.

“Our pitchers Adam and Sam really threw the ball well on the mound and we played good defense behind them,” Rutherford said.

Lefty Senior Adam Bainbridge started and last five innings, striking out two batters and giving up only five hits. Senior righty Sam Sinnen, twin brother of Kurt Sinnen, ended the game with four scoreless innings. He also allowed just three hits and struck out three batters.

“It was a pretty awesome moment with Sam coming in and finishing a strong performance by Adam Bainbridge! Sammy had a pretty good slider working. Great win,” said Kurt Sinnen.

After an undefeated start and a solid performance against Delaware the day before, ODU baseball (4-1) suffered a horrific 19-2  loss to Kentucky (2-4). The Monarchs had a combined total of five hits compared to Kentucky’s 20 and put seven different pitchers on the mound.

Kentucky went on to score three early runs in the first inning, the last run coming from a momentum shifting home-plate steal by Senior Marcus Carson. Kentucky then put up four more runs in the top of the third putting ODU in a 7-0 hole.

Junior shortstop Zach Rutherford then eased the bleeding with a double that sent freshman first baseman Vinnie Pasquantino home to cut the lead to 6 runs. Rutherford finished 2-for-3 with 1 RBI.

The Wildcats would get the run back, however, increasing their lead to 8-1 via a solo home run by junior Zach Reks. As expected, there was a storm and one out later there was a 30-minute lightning delay.

The Monarch’s had chances to chip at the lead after the delay and senior Kurt Sinnen drove in a run the bottom of the eighth.  Unfortunately, 11 late runs in last three innings for Kentucky proved to be too much to handle.

ODU will be back at The Bud next weekend hosting Rutgers in a three-game series.