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Verlander To Pitch World Series Opener Saturday

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: October 20, 2006
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Oct. 20, 2006

Former Old Dominion pitching standout Justin Verlander ('04) will be the starting pitcher for the American League Champion Detroit Tigers Saturday in game one of the World Series against NL champion St. Louis. Game time is 7:30 on Fox.

Verlander compiled a 17-9 record with a 3.63 earned run average. He fanned 124 batters in 186 innings with one complete game and one shutout.

The all-time strikeout king at ODU, the CAA and the State of Virginia (427 in 325 IP )pitched Detroit to a 8-5 victory in game two over Oakland in the American League Championship series which Detroit swept. He was 1-0 in the playoffs and has fanned 11 batters in 10.2 innings of work.

During his time at ODU, Verlander was named to the All-CAA first team in 2003 and 2004 and was the conference's Rookie of the Year in 2002. He is the CAA and ODU all-time leader in strikeouts with 427 in just three seasons. Verlander was the #2 overall pick in the 2004 Major League Baseball draft.

In addition to Verlander, the CAA will be well-represented during the 2006 World Series with former conference standouts Brandon Inge (VCU) and Sean Casey (Richmond) on the roster of the American League champion Detroit Tigers.

Inge, who played at VCU from 1996-98, is the starting third baseman for the Tigers and had the best season of his career. He batted .253 during the regular season with 27 home runs, 83 RBI and 83 runs scored. During the playoffs, Inge has homered and driven in three while not making an error in 13 chances.

During his time at VCU, Inge was selected to the All-CAA first team in 1996, 1997 and 1998. He was chosen as the conference's Co-Player of the Year in 1998 and was the league's Rookie of the Year in 1996. As a hitter, Inge batted .335 with 28 homers and 144 RBI in his three-year VCU career. He was also the Rams' closer and ranks second in CAA history with 24 saves.

Casey, who played at Richmond from 1993-95, took over as the starting first baseman for the Tigers after being traded from the Pittsburgh Pirates in mid-season. In 53 regular-season games he batted .245 with five homers and 30 RBI. Casey is batting .350 in the playoffs and is expected to be back in the lineup after missing most of the ALCS series with Oakland due to a calf injury.

During his time at UR, Casey received first team All-CAA honors in 1994 and 1995 and was a second-team all-conference pick in 1993. He was chosen as the CAA Player of the Year in 1995. Casey led the nation with a .461 batting average for the Spiders in 1995 and hit .405 for his career.

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