The Old Dominion Monarch's baseball team opened the season outscoring the Norfolk State Spartans 50-8 over a four game series to begin the season. The Monarchs swept the cross city -rivalry which began with a 7-1 victory and stellar pitching with Hunter Gregory getting the win with four strong innings while striking out eight. The bullpen did their job striking out another seven Spartans and only giving up one run. Head Coach Chris Finwood said about baseball's return, "It's great to be back out on the diamond. We've missed it a lot! It was nice to see all the fans that came out to support us." This comes with the season being suspended in 2020 and now players and staff returning to the field with eyes on a Conference USA title.
The team is off to a scorching .354 team batting average in the early going, lead by Andy Garriola, who knocked in 13 runs against the Spartans over the four game series at Bud Metheny Baseball Complex. Matt Coutney and Ryan Teschko both hit a pair of long balls for the Monarchs during the season open sweep. Besides the opening day 7-1 win, the Monarchs also tallied scores of 12-0,12-5, and 19-2 in the series finale.
The season is far from over and with the Monarchs picked to finish second behind Florida Atlantic, the team looks primed to prove columnists wrong. The Monarchs are a few weeks away from opening conference play and a large non-conference game against #16 East Carolina University. When the Monarchs are in town make sure to practice safe effective social distancing when attending their home games. Remember if you're unable to attend for whatever reasons, you could still show your support by purchasing a "Monarch Cutout", presented by Chartway, which are available for $59 and will attend all home games at Bud Metheny Baseball Complex.