NORFOLK, Va. --Zach Rutherford drove in three runs and Isaiah Nelson earned his first collegiate win to lead Old Dominion to a 6-3 victory over William & Mary on Tuesday evening at the Bud Metheny Complex.
With the victory, Old Dominion (25-9) sweeps the home-and-home series against William & Mary (18-15) and has now won 10 of its last 11 home games. Overall, the Monarchs are 19-5 at The Bud this season.
Nick Walker's leadoff home run provided the Monarchs with an early lead in the bottom of the first. The homer was Walker's second leadoff of the season and his fifth total.
In the decisive fifth inning, the Tribe scored two runs in the top of the inning to take a brief 2-1 lead, but ODU answered with four runs in the bottom of the frame off of a pair of two-RBI doubles by Rutherford and Culver Lamb.
The Monarchs tacked on an insurance run in the sixth and William & Mary scored a run in the ninth to bring the final score to 6-3.
At the plate, Walker finished the night 2-for-5 with three runs scored, while Jared Young continued to swing a hot bat with a 2-for-4 performance, including a double.
On the mound, starter John Wilson tossed three scoreless frames on a limited pitch count and Nelson earned the win, the first of his career, with 2.2 innings of shutout relief. The Norfolk native struck out three and walked none. Overall, the Monarch pitchers struck out five and walked none.
The Monarchs return to action this weekend with a home series against LA Tech. First pitch on Friday is set for 6 p.m. on ESPN3.
GAME NOTES ODU now leads all-time series, 83-52 ... ODU sweeps the home-and-home series against William & Mary ... ODU is now 7-3 in midweek games ... ODU is now 5-3 vs. Virginia schools ... Zach Rutherford is now tied with Kyle Battle for the team lead in RBIs with 29 ... Vinnie Pasquantino extended his reached base streak to 30 games, but ended his hitting streak at 19 games ... Jared Young has now had two or more hits and an extra-base hit in six straight games ... Nick Walker's home run was his second leadoff home run of the season, fifth overall home run and 16th career home run.
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