BILOXI, Miss. -- In a game that began three hours later than its originally scheduled time and then ended at 1:45 a.m. CT, Old Dominion fell to Western Kentucky, 7-4, in the opening round of the Conference USA Tournament on Wednesday evening at MGM Park in Biloxi.
Old Dominion (35-20) now plays UTSA on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. ET in an elimination game.
The Monarchs, playing WKU (26-27) for the fourth consecutive game, were unable to overcome a rough fourth inning, in which the Hilltoppers erupted for six runs.
Trailing 7-1 entering the sixth inning, ODU slowly trimmed the WKU lead with two in the sixth and one in the seventh. However, this time, there was no 9th-inning magic for the Monarchs, who overcame a five-run deficit in the final inning last weekend in the series finale in Bowling Green. ODU won 2-of-3 in that series.
Tonight, Vinnie Pasquantino led ODU offensively, going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBIs. The home run, a solo shot in the first, was his team-leading 16th of the year.