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Verlander And Burney Power ODU Over JMU, 7-4

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: April 05, 2013
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April 5, 2013

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HARRISONBURG, VA--Old Dominion juniors Ben Verlander (Maidens, VA.) and Josiah Burney (Gloucester, VA.) each slammed homers to lead the Monarchs (14-14/5-8) to a 7-4 CAA victory over James Madison Friday night at Vet Memorial Park. The win ended ODU's four-game losing streak.

Verlander had three hits on the night, including his CAA leading ninth homerun of the season, a solo shot to right in the fifth inning. Verlander also scored three times on the night. He is now hitting .409 on the season.

Monarchs firstbaseman Josiah Burney, knocked in three runs which included a sacrifice fly RBI in the third inning which gave ODU a 2-0 lead and a two-run homer in the eighth which helped the Monarchs extend its lead to 6-2.

Junior designated hitter Ben Slaton (Magnolia, MS.) knocked in a run in the first inning with a single to bring home Josh Eldridge for a 1-0 lead. Catcher Michael Perez (Fairfax Station, VA.) singled home Jordan Negrini (Kihei, Hawaii) in the eighth. Junior secondbaseman Brian Bashara (Norfolk, VA.) knocked in ODU's seventh and final run in the ninth with a sacrifice fly.

Junior righthander Dean Ali (Chesapeake, VA.) picked up his second win of the season after going 6.1 innings of work with one walk and four strikeouts. Ali's ERA is 2.09 which is third best in the CAA. Junior lefthander Ryan Yarbrough (Lakeland, FL.) picked up his first save of the season.

JMU was led by Casey Goss who knocked in two runs and Cole McInturff had two hits with two runs scored.

The two teams play game two of the series on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m.

ODU 101 010 031=7-9-2 JMU 000 001 120=4-7-1

ODU - Ali, Smith(7), yarbrough(8) and Perez JMU - Huffman, Gunst (8), Cundiff(9) and Shaban

WP: Ali (2-2) LP: Huffman(1-3) Save: yarbrough (1) HR- ODU- Verlander(9), Burney

Verlander had three hits on the night, including his CAA leading ninth homerun of the season, a solo shot to right in the fifth inning. Verlander also scored three times on the night. He is now hitting .409 on the season.

Monarchs firstbaseman Josiah Burney, knocked in three runs which included a sacrifice fly RBI in the third inning which gave ODU a 2-0 lead and a two-run homer in the eighth which helped the Monarchs extend its lead to 6-2.

Junior designated hitter Ben Slaton (Magnolia, MS.) knocked in a run in the first inning with a single to bring home Josh Eldridge for a 1-0 lead. Catcher Michael Perez (Fairfax Station, VA.) singled home Jordan Negrini (Kihei, Hawaii) in the eighth. Junior secondbaseman Brian Bashara (Norfolk, VA.) knocked in ODU's seventh and final run in the ninth with a sacrifice fly.

Junior righthander Dean Ali (Chesapeake, VA.) picked up his second win of the season after going 6.1 innings of work with one walk and four strikeouts. Ali's ERA is 2.09 which is third best in the CAA. Junior lefthander Ryan Yarbrough (Lakeland, FL.) picked up his first save of the season.

JMU was led by Casey Goss who knocked in two runs and Cole McInturff had two hits with two runs scored.

The two teams play game two of the series on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m.

ODU  101 010 031=7-9-2
JMU   000 001 120=4-7-1
 

ODU - Ali, Smith(7), yarbrough(8) and Perez JMU - Huffman, Gunst (8), Cundiff(9) and Shaban

WP: Ali (2-2) LP: Huffman(1-3) Save: yarbrough (1) HR- ODU- Verlander(9), Burney

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