No. 27 ODU Defeats No. 25 JMU, 5-3 For 16th Straight
March 31, 2006
NORFOLK, VA--Senior righthander Kevin Gunter (Richland, NJ.) gave up three runs in the second then settled down and only allowed two hits after that as Old Dominion University (27-3/10-0) defeated 25th ranked James Madison University (19-8/9-1), 5-3 Friday night at the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex. ODU ranked 27th by COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWS has won 16 straight.
The Monarchs got on the board in the first with two runs as Mike Zahm (Omaha, NE.) singled home Chris Keenan (Chesapeake, VA.), then Zahm would eventually score on a wild pitch. JMU came right back in the top of the second with three runs. Matt Sluder doubled in Nate Schill and Dan Santobianco, then scored on Davis Stoneburner's double.
ODU took the lead for good in the bottom of the second Jesse Schoendienst Singled, Bryan Cipolla (Plainview, NY.) moved to third, then scored on a JMU error. Jesse Schoendienst (Belcamp, MD.) later came home on a wild pitch. The Monarchs fifth and final run came in the fifth inning when Cipolla doubled home Patrick Nichols (Chesapeake, VA.).
Gunter finished with nine strikeouts in eight innings. At one stretch he retired 12 JMU batters in a row until Kellen Kulacki, the nations leading hitter (.510) singled in the seventh inning. Kulbacki had two hits on the evening to extend his hitting streak to 23 games. Nate Schill also had two hits for the Dukes. Patrick Nichols led ODU with two hits.
JMU starter Travis Miller fanned nine batters through six innings of work. Dana Arrowood picked up his fifth save of the year for ODU, pitching the ninth inning. Game two of the three-game series is Saturday at 5 p.m.
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