Old Dominion Edges William & Mary, 6-5
By ODU Athletics
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (April 10, 2001) -- Old Dominion broke a 3-3 tie with three runs in the eighth inning and then held off William & Mary in the Tribe's final two at-bats to take a 6-5 non-conference baseball win at Plumeri Park tonight. Old Dominion improved to 15-22 with the win, while William & Mary dropped its third straight to fall to 21-15.
William & Mary drew first blood in the game, striking for three runs in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Brendan Harris (Queensbury, N.Y.) walked, stole second and came home on Trey Wakfield's (Dallas, Texas) bouncer up the middle. Michael Brown (Richmond, Va.) blasted his second home run in as many games later in the inning, a two-run shot, to give the Tribe a 3-0 lead.
Old Dominion came right back, however, answering with three runs to tie the game in the top of the fifth. After a double and a single put two aboard to start the inning, Jeff Eure (Pillow, Pa.) singled to right scoring one run. Another run scored when Eure's hit got past Brown in right for an error. Eure, who took second on the miscue, was then sacrificed to third and then scored on John Ohler's single off the Tribe first baseman's glove.
The Monarchs pushed ahead with another three-spot in the eighth. Travis Silver (Weaverville, NC) walked to lead off the inning and moved to second on a passed ball. Ross Robertson(Chesapeake, Va.) singled to left, with Silver scoring when the throw in from the outfield eluded the Tribe infielders. Allen Strick (Glen Burnie, Md.)added an RBI single and Matt Moye (Beaver Falls, PA.)a sac fly to score two more for ODU.
William & Mary came up with two in the bottom half of the inning when Ricky Stephenson (Chesapeake, Va.) singled up the middle with runners on second and third with two out. The Tribe challenged again in the ninth, getting runners on first and second with two outs, but ODU reliever Kevin Evans (Shamong, NJ.) got Wakefield to ground out to short to end the game, giving Evans his fourth save of the year.
Jonathan Tinkham picked up with win in relief, throwing 1.1 innings, striking out three, to improve to 3-1. Mark Harris (Cincinnati, Ohio) was tagged with the loss, giving up three runs, one earned, in 2.1 innings to fall to 3-2. Ken Brumfield started for ODU, going 6.2 innings and allowing three runs on five hits while striking out five.
Wakefield and Brown each had a pair of hits to lead William & Mary, while Strick and Eure each had three hits to pace Old Dominion. Old Dominion will host N.C. State tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m.