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Monarchs Defeat Towson, 6-1

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
Release: May 10, 2003
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May 10, 2003

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NORFOLK, VA.-- Old Dominion University pitching held the Towson Tigers to just six hits and one run in the Monarchs, 6-1 CAA victory Saturday night at the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex. Towson is 27-23 overall and 10-9 in the CAA, while ODU is 17-29 overall, and 5-11 in the CAA.

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Jeremy Stifler opened with a single, followed by a walk to Derek Dixon. Both runners moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Tom Trela, then Stifler scored on a sacrifice fly by Joey Marcozzi. Towson threatened in the fifth and seventh innings, but ODU's defense came up with double plays to get out of trouble.

ODU tied the game in the bottom of the inning as Dana Arrowood Woodbridge, VA.) scored on a wild pitch. In the sixth inning Allen Strick (Glen Burnie, MD.) doubled with one out, then scored on an RBI single by Steven Harris (Va.Beach, VA.).

In the seventh, John Oehler (Audobon, NJ.) scored on an RBI single by Evan Chipman (Raleigh, NC.) to make it 3-1. The Monarchs then scored three runs in the eighth as Justin Gregula singled in Steven Harris. Brandon LeNoir (Ocala, FL.) stole home and Joe Moore (Woodbrcompleted the scoring with a sacrifice fly to plate Gregula.

ODU freshman Ricky Shefka (Kinston, NC) picked up his sixth win of the year. He worked seven innings, Kevin Evans (Shamong, NJ.) and Donnie Smith (Norfolk, Va.) pitched the final two frames. Shefka has now lowered his ERA to 3.81.

Brandon LeNoir and John Oehler led ODU with two hits each, while Shane Justis led Towson with two hits. The two teams play again on Sunday at 2 p.m.

TU	010 000 000 =1-6-2
ODU	010 001 13x =6-10-0

TU Battery: Merson, Lane(6), Rhodes(7) and Stifler ODU Battery: Shefka, Evans(8), Smith(9) and Oehler WP:Shefka :(6-7) LP: Merson(4-3)


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