Baseball Opens C-USA Play with Charlotte at Home
By ODU Athletics
Old Dominion (12-3, 0-0 C-USA) vs. Charlotte (8-8, 0-0 C-USA)
|Location||Bud Metheny Complex (Norfolk. Va.)|
|Game 1||Friday, 3:30 p.m. ET (RHP Nick Pantos vs. LHP Joey Cooner)|
|Game 2||Saturday, 3 p.m. ET (RHP Morgan Maguire vs. RHP Bryce McGowan)|
|Game 3||Sunday, 1 p.m. ET (RHP Ryne Moore vs. RHP Carson Pinkney)|
|Links||CUSA.tv | Live Stats | Twitter|
NORFOLK, Va. -- Having won 11 of its last 12, the Old Dominion baseball team opens Conference USA play this weekend at the Bud Metheny Complex with a three-game series against the Charlotte 49ers.
First pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m. ET on Friday, 3 p.m. ET on Saturday and 1 p.m. ET on Friday. All three games will be streamed on CUSA.tv.
At 12-3, the Monarchs are off to their best 15-game start since 2006. ODU has won nine straight at home and, overall, is 10-2 at The Bud.
The Monarchs won 2-of-3 at Kansas State last weekend and then handed William & Mary just its second loss of the season on Tuesday with a come-from-behind 6-3 win, snapping the Tribe's nine-game winning streak.
Starting pitching has been an integral part of ODU's early success. ODU starters are a combined 6-1 with a 2.61 ERA and have helped the Monarchs pitch four shutouts.
Friday starter Nick Pantos (3-0, 0.36 ERA) and Sunday starter Ryne Moore (3-0, 2.74 ERA) have headlined the weekend rotation. Morgan Maguire (0-1, 6.50 ERA) rounds out the weekend rotation and will start on Saturday. Overall, ODU has a team ERA of 2.69.
Offensively, Kyle Battle (.383, 1 HR, 17 RBI) has returned to his 2017 Freshman All-American form and leads the club in both average and RBIs. Bryce Windham (.357, 6 RBI, 5-7 SB), Erik Stock (.340, 1 HR, 5 RBI) and Matt Burch (.339, 9 RBI, 9-9 SB) have also been productive.
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The 49ers, at 8-8, are coming off of a back-to-back series wins over Kent State and Coppin State to close out their non-conference weekend slate. Charlotte has a staff ERA of 3.92 and offensively is led by Harris Yett (.377, 3 HR, 10 RBI) and Dominick Cammarata (.371, 3 HR, 9 RBI). Series History: ODU leads 44-34.
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