LEXINGTON, Va. --Jared Young went 4-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs and Kyle Battle went 4-for-6 with four RBIs, but Old Dominion fell to VMI, 17-14, in a slugfest on Wednesday afternoon at Gray-Minor Stadium.
With the loss, Old Dominion (22-8) has dropped consecutive games for the first time this season.
VMI (15-15) scored at least two or more runs in each of the first five innings to build a 17-6 lead heading into the sixth. Shaun Wood's grand slam in the top of the sixth cut the lead to 10 and the Monarchs then tacked on a run in the seventh and three in the ninth, including a two-run shot by Young, to close the final deficit to three.
Young's multi-home run game was the first by a Monarch since Seth Woodard against VMI last season.
At the plate, Wood also recorded a four-RBI game with his second grand slam of the season, while freshmen Vinnie Pasquantino and Devon Adams both notched multi-hit games. Culver Lamb also homered for ODU, belting a solo shot to center for his third home run of the season.
The Monarchs remain on the road for a three-game Conference USA series at Middle Tennessee this weekend. First pitch on Friday is set for 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT.
GAME NOTES A total of eight home runs were hit in the game, including three players with two home runs ... ODU lost back-to-back games for the first time this season ... ODU still leads the all-time series against VMI, 45-12 ... ODU defeated VMI, 14-2, earlier this season in Norfolk ... ODU is now 4-3 against Virginia schools ... The Monarchs are now 6-3 in midweek games ... Kyle Battle's four-hit game was the first of his career ... Devon Adams' double was the first extra-base hit of his career and the multi-hit game was the first of his career ... Shaun Wood's grand slam was his second of the season ... Jared Young became the first Monarch to homer twice in a game since Seth Woodard against VMI last season.
BASEBALL VOUCHER BOOKS Baseball voucher books can be purchased here for $50 and contain a total of 36 ticket vouchers. The ticket vouchers can be used at any of the 36 home ODU baseball games this season, including the Harbor Park game against Virginia Tech and the Key Dog Classic against VCU on May 10 at the Bud Metheny Complex.
FOLLOW ODU BASEBALL ON SOCIAL MEDIA Follow @ODUBaseball on Twitter and like ODU Baseball on Facebook for the latest updates.