ODU Defeats Towson, 6-3 Behind Hald And Hartman

April 08, 2011
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

April 8, 2011

Box Score

NORFOLK, VA-- ODU outfielder Nate Hartman (Orlando, FL.) capped a five-run fourth inning with a two-run double and senior lefthander Kyle Hald (Springfield, VA.) fanned nine batters in six innings to lead the Monarchs to a 6-3 CAA Victory over Towson Friday night. ODU is now 16-16 overall and 8-5 in the CAA.

The contest was originally scheduled for 7 p.m., but because of the forecast of rain in the Hampton Roads area Friday night, was moved up to 4 pm.

The CAA Player of the Week Joey Burney (Gloucester, VA.) , had consecutive RBI hits. Hartman then doubled home both Sizemore and Burney to give ODU a 6-0 lead.

Kyle Hald won his fifth game of the season as he scattered four hits with nine strikeouts and four walks. For the second year in a row, Hald continues to lead the league in strikeouts, with this year's total of 71 in 55 innings of work and a 2.78 ERA. Dean Ali (Chesapeake, VA. )pitched two shutout innings of relief and Adam Wisniewski (Norfolk, VA.) pitched the ninth.

Towson got on the board in the sixth when Chris Wychock scored from third on a wild pitch and Steve Rice would later come home on an RBI hit by Ben Winter. In the ninth inning, Pat Fitzgerald knocked in Dominic Fratantuono. Fitzgerald led Towson with three hits, while Winter had two.

Josh Wright, Nate Hartman and Josh Tutwiler (Bridgewater) each had two hits on the day for the Monarchs. The second game of the series is Saturday at 4 p.m.

Towson  000 002 001 =3-8-1
ODU        100 500 00x =6-11-2

Towson Battery: Brandon Gonnella, Mike Volpe(5) and Brian Wyman ODU Battery: Kyle Hald, Dean Ali(7), Adam Wisniewski (9) and Josh Tutwiler

WP: Hald(5-2) LP: Gonnella(1-2)