NORFOLK, Va. -- Behind 17 hits and seven innings of one-run ball from Adam Bainbridge, Old Dominion clinched the series against Marshall with a 16-1 mercy rule victory on Saturday afternoon at the Bud Metheny Complex.
Old Dominion (30-12, 14-6 C-USA) pounded out a season-high-tying nine extra-base hits en route to its first-ever 15-run mercy rule victory. ODU scored two or more runs in five of the seven innings, including a combined nine in the final two frames.
Thus far in the series, the Monarchs have scored two or more runs in 10 of the 15 innings played.
Overall, nine different players recorded an RBI for ODU, while seven different Monarchs had two or more hits. The Monarchs have now scored 30 runs in the series and are hitting .507 as a team with 16 extra-base hits.
On the mound, Bainbridge tossed his second complete game of the season to improve to 7-1 on the year. The senior southpaw held Marshall (20-23, 8-12 C-USA) to just four hits, while striking out four. With the performance, Bainbridge lowered his ERA to 1.79.
As a team, Old Dominion hit .471 with runners in scoring position and went 5-for-5 on the day with a runner on third and less than two outs. With the victory, the Monarchs have an opportunity to secure its third series sweep of the season with a win on Sunday.
The three-game series concludes tomorrow at 1 p.m. at The Bud. Freshman John Wilson will get the nod for ODU. Marshall's starter pitcher is TBA. Fans will have the opportunity to bring their dog to tomorrow's game for the annual Bark In The Park with the Norfolk SPCA. The first 250 fans in attendance will receive a free dog toy.
GAME NOTES ODU now leads the all-time series, 9-6 ... ODU led off the game with four consecutive singles ... ODU has now scored 9+ runs and had 13+ hits in four straight games ... Kyle Beam homered for the second consecutive day ... Kyle Battle hit his first career home run at The Bud ... Jared Young extended his hitting streak to 16 games ... Young now has multiple hits in 12 of the last 14 games and an extra-base hit in 11 of the last 14 ... Zach Rutherford extended his RBI streak to 11 games ... Vinnie Pasquantino extended his reached base streak to 38 games ... Battle is now hitting .650 in the last five games (all as leadoff hitter) ... Adam Bainbridge threw his second complete game of the season.
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