Monarchs Set for Road Series at No. 16 Southern Miss
By ODU Athletics
[RV] Old Dominion (26-11, 10-5 C-USA) at [#16] Southern Miss (29-10, 12-3 C-USA)
|Series||Friday: 7 p.m. ET | Saturday: 5 p.m. ET | Sunday: 11:30 a.m. ET|
|Location||Pete Taylor Park (Hattiesburg, Miss.) | Weather Forecast|
|Follow||CUSA.tv | STAR 1310 | Live Stats|
|Projected Starters||Friday: RHP Sam Sinnen (1-2, 4.76) vs. LHP Kirk McCarty (6-2, 3.39)
Saturday: LHP Adam Bainbridge (6-1, 0.99) vs. RHP Hayden Roberts (4-2, 3.68)
Sunday: LHP John Wilson (5-1, 3.51) vs. RHP Taylor Braley (3-1, 3.99)
NORFOLK, Va. -- Old Dominion and No. 16 Southern Miss will meet for the first time ever in a regular season series this weekend at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT on Friday, 5 p.m. ET/4 p.m. CT on Saturday and 11:30 a.m. ET/10:30 a.m. CT on Sunday.
All three games will be streamed on CUSA.tv and can also be heard locally on STAR 1310 radio featuring play-by-play from Doug Ripley.
Old Dominion (26-11, 10-5 C-USA) enters the weekend in third place in the league standings, two games behind first-place and 16th-ranked Southern Miss (29-10, 12-3 C-USA). ODU is coming off of dropping 2-of-3 against LA Tech last weekend, marking the first time this season that the Monarchs lost a series. Prior to LA Tech, ODU had been 8-0 in weekend series, the most consecutive series wins to start a season since 2006.
Offensively, Old Dominion is scoring just under seven runs per game, which ranks in the top 50 in the nation. Freshman Vinnie Pasquantino leads the club with a .355 average, while Jared Young is hitting .523 with 11 extra-base hits, five home runs and 11 RBIs in the last 10 games. Shortstop Zach Rutherford leads the team in RBIs with 33 and is hitting .336.
In league play, the Monarchs boast the league's best pitching staff with a club ERA of 3.95. Saturday starter Adam Bainbridge has played a key role in ODU's success on the mound, as the senior left-hander is 6-1 with a 0.99 ERA, which is fourth among starting pitchers in the NCAA.
Overall, the Monarchs are 6-4 in away games and have played two road C-USA series so far this season, taking 2-of-3 against both UTSA and Middle Tennessee.
Southern Miss, ranked 16th in the nation by D1Baseball.com, leads the league in scoring, batting average, home runs and stolen bases in conference play and ranks third in ERA. Freshman Matt Wallner leads the conference in home runs with 12, while senior Dylan Burdeaux has a team-best .344 average among starters and has driven in a team-leading 42 runs.
On the mound, Friday starter Kirk McCarty is 6-2 with a 3.39 ERA, while reliever Nick Sandlin has a 0.28 ERA in 15 appearances with four saves.
Southern Miss leads the all-time series, 2-0. The Golden Eagles defeated ODU in the C-USA Tournament in each of the past two seasons, both of which were hosted by USM in Hattiesburg.
For more insight on Old Dominion Baseball, check out Episode 10 of the ODU Baseball Podcast below. In this week's episode, featured guest Randale Richmond, the baseball administrator at ODU, joins the podcast to talk about the Monarchs' success not only on the field, but also in the classroom and in the community.
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