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Gomes ('93) And Washington To Be Inducted Into HRAASHF Saturday

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Release: November 05, 2010
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Nov. 5, 2010

NORFOLK, VA-- Wayne Gomes ('93) and Wilson Washington ('77) will be inducted into the Hampton Roads African American Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 6. He will join former ODU Basketball standout Wilson Washington ('77) who will also be inducted. The event will be held at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel. Registration and reception will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7. Tickets can be purchased at the event for $75 per person and $750 for a table of 10.

A 1993 relief specialist Wayne Gomes was at that time the highest Monarch player ever selected in the baseball draft. The Philadelphia Phillies selected the Hampton, Va. native as the fourth overall pick in the first round.

As a junior in 1993, Gomes earned first team honors from the Colonial Athletic Association and first team All-State honors. That year, he compiled a 2.03 earned run average with four saves and 55 strikeouts in 26.2 innings. During his sophomore season, Gomes fanned 54 batters in just 35 innings of work. He recorded three saves and registered a 2.04 earned run average.

Gomes made his mark as a freshman in 1991 as he led the Sun Belt Conference in saves with nine and ranked among the nation's top 15 in that category. He was named first team freshman All-American by COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWS in 1991. That same season, Old Dominion ranked as high as 23rd nationally and reached the Sun Belt Conference Tournament finals.

Gomes completed his career at Old Dominion with a 5-3 record. He pitched 100 career innings with 156 career strikeouts and a 2.43 earned run average. Gomes saved 16 games which was a record at Old Dominion when he completed his career. Gomes pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1997 to 2001. He Pitched 13 games for the

San Francisco Giants in 2001, then for the Boston Red Sox in 2002. Spent the entire 2003 season with Scranton in the International League where he pitched in the IL All-Star game and led the league in saves. Signed with Oakland during the 2003 off-season. Gomes graduated with a degree in recreation and leisure studies. He was inducted into the ODU Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

Wilson Washington became Old Dominion University's first Division I All-American in 1977 after earning third team Division II All-American honors in 1975 and first team Division II All-American honors in 1976.

Washington scored 1,366 career points, grabbed, 1011 career rebounds and blocked 363 shots. He grabbed a career high 24 rebounds against Roanoke in 1976. In 1975 Washington was named the NCAA Division II Tournament Most Valuable Player as he helped lead the Monarchs to the National Championship with a win over New Orleans in Evansville, Indiana. As a senior, he helped lead the Monarchs to a 25-4 record in 1976-77, the school's first season in NCAA Division I. That year, Old Dominion won 22 straight, including a 80-58 victory at Georgetown in the ECAC South Finals.

Washington grabbed 20 or more rebounds five times in his career and blocked 12 shots against William and Mary and Charleston Baptist. He performed four triple-doubles during his career (points/rebounds/blocked shots). Probably the best of the four was his 22 point, 20 rebound, 12 blocked shot performance on Feb. 5, 1976 in Williamsburg, Va., against William and Mary. A second round draft pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1977, Washington played two seasons in the NBA. His jersey number 52 was retired in 1978.

They will be inducted along with Boo Williams, Marty Miller, Aaron Brooks, Jackie Dolberry, Larry Rose and Calvert Davidson.

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