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Monarchs Open Season In Citadel Tournament

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: February 13, 2003
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Feb. 13, 2003

CHARLESTON, SC. --The Baseball Monarchs open the 2003 season with three games in the Citadel Tournament. ODU will open with Vanderbilt on Friday, then last year's NCAA World Series runners-up South Carolina on Saturday, and Tennessee on Sunday.

In Friday mornings contest with Vanderbilt, sophomore James Burok (Archbald, PA.) will get the nod on the mound. Burok is a pre-season All-CAA pick by BASEBALL AMERICA. On Saturday, pre-season All-American and 2002 CAA Rookie of the Year Justin Verlander (Goochland, VA.) will be on the hill to face #14 South Carolina. On Sunday, freshman Ricky Shefka (Kinston, NC.) is scheduled to start against the Volunteers of Tennessee.

ODU returns home next weekend to host BIGEAST power Rutgers in a three-game series beginning Friday, Feb. 21.

ODU PROBABLES
1b  Brandon Le Noir
2b  Joe Moore or Justin Gregula
ss  Jesse Schoendienst or Moore
3b  Allen Strick
C   John Oehler
DH  Michael Koppin
RF  Steven Harris or Pedro Pena
CF  Brent Sollenberger
LF  Derrick James

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