BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Old Dominion improved to 4-0 in road series this season with a 8-3 comeback victory over UAB in the series rubber match on Sunday afternoon at Young Memorial Field.
Old Dominion (32-14, 16-8 C-USA) scored a combined eight runs from the sixth to eighth innings and Craig Lopez earned the win with 3.1 innings of shutout relief, as the Monarchs overcame an early 2-0 deficit.
UAB (22-26, 8-16 C-USA), behind the arm of starting pitcher Austin Thomas, carried a 2-0 lead into the sixth after scoring a run in both the third and fourth. However, the Monarchs chased Thomas after 5.2 innings and scored two runs on a wild pitch and error in the sixth to tie the game at 2-2.
The Monarchs then broke the game open with a four-run seventh inning, as ODU batted around in the frame. ODU then added two insurance runs in the eighth to secure the series-clinching victory.
Lopez earned the victory on the mound, throwing 3.1 innings of shutout relief. Lopez allowed just two hits, while walking none and striking out four, which tied his season high. Freshman Michael Blanchard, who made his first career C-USA start, allowed one run in 2.1 innings of work.
Overall, the Monarchs are 11-1 in weekend series this season and moved into sole possession of second place in the Conference USA standings, three games behind first-place Southern Miss.
The Monarchs return to action with a pair of midweek games this upcoming week. ODU travels to Richmond at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, before hosting VCU on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
GAME NOTES ODU now leads the all-time series, 9-8 ... ODU split Saturday's doubleheader after Friday was postponed due to weather ... ODU is now 11-1 in weekend series and 4-0 in road series this season ... The Monarchs have had 10+ hits in six of the last eight and eight of the last 12 games ... ODU is now 6-3 in doubleheaders this season ... Vinnie Pasquantino extended his reached base streak to 42 games ... Michael Blanchard's start was his first Conference USA start in his career ... Craig Lopez, who is now 5-1 in C-USA games, leads the team in conference wins.
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