NORFOLK, Va. -- Trailing 10-2 in the seventh inning, No. 25 Old Dominion scored nine runs in the seventh to overcome an eight-run deficit and pull out the series-clinching win over FIU on Sunday afternoon at the Bud Metheny Complex.
In the nine-run seventh, Nick Walker hit a grand slam to pull Old Dominion (35-16, 18-9 C-USA) within one, before Turner Bishop drilled a two-run go-ahead home run for what proved to be the winning runs.
The eight-run deficit marks the largest comeback for ODU this season, as the Monarchs scored a total of 41 runs in the three-game set.
Offensively for ODU, Walker went 1-for-2 with three runs scored and four RBIs, while Bishop finished the day 3-for-4 with three RBIs. For the series, Bishop hit a sizzling .583 with two home runs and 12 RBIs.
Zach Rutherford also drove in two runs for ODU, while Jared Young went 2-for-5 with two doubles. Overall, the Monarchs hit .371 for the weekend with 18 extra-base hits.
On the mound, Culver Lamb earned the win, improving to 3-0 on the season after throwing 1.1 innings of shutout relief. After ODU gained the lead after the nine-run seventh, Isaiah Nelson tossed a perfect eighth and Corey Klak threw a scoreless ninth for his fourth save of the year.
Overall, the Monarch bullpen held FIU (28-25, 12-15 C-USA) without a hit for the final five innings.
Sunday's game also marked Senior Day, as the senior class of eight players and one manager were honored in a pregame ceremony.
The Monarchs return to action on Tuesday for the annual Harbor Park game at noon against Virginia Tech. Buy tickets here.
GAME NOTES ODU leads the all-time series, 8-5 ... ODU is 6-1 in rubber games ... ODU is now 12-1 in weekend series (only series loss vs. LA Tech) ... Turner Bishop hit .583 with 2 home runs and 12 RBIs for the series ... Joe Strzelecki made his first Conference USA start of his career ... The nine runs in the seventh inning were the most by ODU in a conference games this season ... The eight-run deficit marks the largest comeback for ODU this season ... Nick Walker's grand slam was the fifth by an ODU player this season (2nd of FIU series, Bishop) ... Sunday's game was Senior Day as eight players and one manager were honored in a pregame ceremony.
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