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ODU Defeats UNCW, 3-2 For 11th Straight Win

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
Release: May 20, 2004
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May 20, 2004

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WILMINGTON, NC-Justin Verlander (Goochland, VA.) and Donnie Smith (Portsmouth, VA.) combined for a seven hitter and fanned 16 batters as the Monarchs defeated UNC Wilmington, 3-2 Thursday night for their 11th straight victory. ODU (26-24/13-9) has won six straight on the road. The second place Seahawks fall to 31-20/15-6).

ODU struck first with two runs in the first inning. Keith Hahn led off with a walk followed by a Steven Harris (Virginia Beach, VA.) single. Dana Arrowood's groundout plated Keith Hahn. Derek James then doubled home Steven Harris.

In the second inning, Allen Strick singled, Bryan Cipolla was hit with a pitch and Kenny Gram reached on an error to load the bases. Hahn then walked to force in Strick and give ODU a 3-0 lead.

The Seahawks scored an unearned run in the bottom of the second on two Monarch errors. UNCW's second run came in the seventh as Tim Preston scored on a Justin Verlander wild pitch. Donnie Smith then came in and struck out six of the Next seven batters he faced for his sixth save of the year.

Verlander fanned ten batters to give him 145 strikeouts this season, breaking his ODU single season record of 139 set a year ago and establishing a new CAA single season mark, breaking Mike Smith's (Richmond '00) of 143. On the defensive side, junior catcher Kenneth Gram threw out three Seahawk runners. The two teams play again Friday night at 7:00 p.m.

ODU  210 000 000 =3-7-4
UNCW 010 000 100=2-7-2

WP; Justin Verlander (7-5) LP: Zach Kimball(6-5) SA: Donnie Smith (6)


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