Monarchs Drop Series Finale at Middle Tennessee
|Middle Tennessee 17, Old Dominion 6 (7)|
WP: Reid Clements (2-0)
LP: John Wilson (5-1)
2B: ODU: Vinnie Pasquantino; MT: Brad Jarreau, Ryan Kemp (2)
HR: ODU: Jared Young, Zach Rutherford; MT: Riley Delgado, Brad Jarreau, Aaron Aucker (2), Ryan Kemp
Despite the loss, Old Dominion (24-9, 9-3 C-USA) won the series, 2-1, over Middle Tennessee (15-17, 4-8 C-USA), maintaining its perfect 7-0 record in weekend series this season.
The Blue Raiders scored five runs in the bottom of the first to gain the early advantage and extended the lead to 6-0 with a run in the second.
The Monarchs, behind two-run home runs from Jared Young and Zach Rutherford in the third and fourth innings respectively, then cut the lead to 6-4. However, MTSU broke the game open with seven runs in the fifth, before plating two in the seventh to end the game early due to the travel day mercy rule.
Young led ODU at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a home run, three runs scored and two RBIs. Young ended the series 10-for-15 with three home runs and five RBIs and hit .667 with five home runs, three doubles and 11 RBIs during the five-game road trip for an OPS of 2.097.
Rutherford and Vinnie Pasquantino also had fine afternoons at the plate, as Rutherford went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs and Pasquantino finished 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.
Despite the loss, the Monarchs remain in a two-way tie for second place in the Conference USA standings with Florida Atlantic, one game behind first-place and 17th-ranked Southern Miss.
The Monarchs return to Norfolk following their five-game road trip for a midweek matchup against William & Mary on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at The Bud.
MTSU now leads all-time series, 9-6 ... Jared Young's home run was his 5th in his last 4 games and his 6th of the season, which leads the team ... Zach Rutherford's home run was his 2nd of the season ... Vinnie Pasquantino extended his hitting streak to 19 games ... Nick Walker, with two walks today, has now reached base safely in 31 of 33 games this season.
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