Monarchs Host No. 29 East Carolina Tuesday at 3 p.m.
April 25, 2011
NORFOLK, VA-- The ODU Baseball Monarchs host the 29th ranked Pirates of East Carolina Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex. ECU is 27-13 overall and 8-7 in Conference USA while the Monarchs come in at 21-20 and 13-8 in the Colonial Athletic Association. The game is Monarch Bank day.
Leading the Pirates is Jack Reinheimer at .323, while Zach Wright has nine homers and 27 RBI. Corey Thompson is hitting .297 with a team best 28 RBI.
On the mound ECU has three five game winners in Seth Simmons (5-1/0.41 ERA) with five saves, while Kevin Brandt is 5-1 with a 1.67 ERA and Seth Maness is 5-3 with a 2.05 ERA. As a team, ECU has a 2.30 ERA and hitting .285.
The Pirates lead the series, 41-28. ECU defeated ODU, 11-2 in Greenville last year. ECU is ranked by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The Monarchs last beat ECU in 2002,in Greenville, 9-6 behind the pitching of Justin Verlander.
Josh Wright leads the Monarchs with a .350 batting average along with 10 homers and 33 RBI. First baseman Joey Burney also has six homers for the Monarchs.
ODU has three six game winners in Ben Tomchick at 6-4 with a 2.98 ERA, Kyle Hald is 6-2 with a 3.15 ERA and Phil McCarthy is 6-3 with a 3.90 ERA. Hald still leads the CAA in strikeouts with 82 in 68.2 innings of work. Senior Adam Wisniewski leads the CAA in saves with 10, and freshman Dean Ali has a team best ERA at 2.58 in 21 appearances.
The Monarchs are currently tied with Delaware for second in the CAA with UNC Wilmington leading the pack. After the ECU game, ODU breaks for final exams until its three-game CAA series at Delaware, May 6-8.
CAA STANDINGS UNCW 12-6 23-17 Delaware 13-8 22-17 ODU 13-8 21-20 JMU 12-9 27-14 Ga. State 10-8 29-13 W&M 11-10 21-21 Towson 9-9 16-20-1 VCU 8-10 16-22 Hofstra 9-12 11-22 Northeastern 7-11 12-24 George Mason 4-17 16-25-1