Tommy Bell (left) and Kyle Battle (right) combined for six hits and six RBIs.
Tommy Bell (left) and Kyle Battle (right) combined for six hits and six RBIs.
Rick Voight

Baseball Outslugs Binghamton for Series Win

February 24, 2019
By ODU Athletics

NORFOLK, Va. -- For the first time since May of 2017, the Old Dominion baseball team won a series, earning a two-game sweep of Binghamton with a wild 12-9 win over the Bearcats on Sunday at the Bud Metheny Complex.

After a 2-1 pitchers' duel in game one on Friday, the bats came alive on Sunday. Old Dominion (3-2) pounded out 18 hits, including home runs from Kyle Battle and Matt Schwarz and a career day from Tommy Bell, who went 4-for-5 with two doubles and four RBIs.

The Monarchs broke open a close game with a six-run fifth inning and would lead 9-1 through seven.

However, Binghamton (0-5) cut the lead to 9-7 with a six-run inning of their own in the top half of the eighth. Then, after ODU extended its lead back to 12-7 with three in the bottom half, the Bearcats again threatened, plating two in the ninth before stranding the bases loaded.

True freshman Aaron Holiday earned his first career win as a Monarch, tossing 2.2 shutout innings of relief with five strikeouts. Trey Fisher then came on to close the door in the ninth for his first career save.

PLAYER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tommy Bell (4-5, 2 2B, 4 RBI) set career highs in hits and RBIs.
  • Kyle Battle (2-5, HR, 2 RBI) hit his first home run, a 2-run shot in the 5th inning, of the season and the fifth of his career.
  • Matt Schwarz (2-3, HR, RBI, 3 R) hit his first home run, a solo shot in the 8th, of the season and third of his ODU career.
  • Matt Burch (3-4, R, RBI, 4 SB) was one stolen base shy of tying the school record of five.
  • Aaron Holiday (2.2 IP, 2 H 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) earned his first career win.
  • Trey Fisher (0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K) earned his first career save.
  • Michael Marrale (1-1) played in his first career game and recorded his first career hit in his first career at-bat.

UP NEXT
ODU hosts Norfolk State in midweek action on Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET.


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