Sollenberger's Hit Lifts ODU Past Liberty, 5-4

March 29, 2000
By ODU Athletics
NORFOLK, VA. (March 29, 2000) -- Freshman secondbaseman Brent Sollenberger's (Chambersburg, Pa.) single plated Travis Silver (Weaverville, NC.) in the sixth to give Old Dominion University a 5-4 victory over Liberty Wednesday evening. The Monarchs have won four straight and 14 of their last 17 games after a 2-9-1 start. Liberty drops to 17-10.

The Flames scored twice in the second on solo homers by Kelly Knouse and Jim Clinton. Old Dominion came back in the third as Jared Musolf (Lakehurst, NJ.)scored on a sacrifice fly by Jesse Thomas (Ventnor, Pa.). In the third, ODU took the lead as Musolf singled home Sollenberger and Jeff Eure(Pillow, Pa.) later single home Tim Hummel (Montgomery, NY.). The Monarchs fourth run came in the fourth inning as David Vilardi (Fishkill, NY.) singled home Travis Silver with two outs.

In the fifth inning, Jim Clinton hit his second home run of the evening over 400 feet to left centerfield. Jim Sullenger then tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Joey Monahan to tie the game at four.

J.D. Jackson (Sallisaw, OK.) picked up the win for the Monarchs in relief and Jonathan Tinkham(Chesapeake, Va.) picked up his second save of the year. In four innings of relief the two pitchers only allowed Liberty one hit and one walk. Sollenberger led the Monarchs with three hits on the day, while Scottie Scott and Clinton had two hits each for Liberty.

Old Dominion returns to CAA play Friday at James Madison, beginning at 3 p.m. Liberty hosts UNC Greensboro on April 3.

LU    020 020 000 -4-6-1
ODU   012 101 00x -5-10-1
Liberty Battery:Jason Suitt, Joe Mueller(6),Dan Valentin(8) and Scottie Scott. ODU Battery: Louis Mazzante, J.D. Jackson (6), Jon Tinkham (9) and Travis Silver.

WP:Jackson(2-2) LP:Suitt (2-1) Save:Tinkham (2)

HR:Liberty - Knouse(3), Clinton 2 (6)

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