VCU Edges Monarchs, 6-5, With Run In Ninth Inning

May 18, 2000
By ODU Athletics
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    MANTEO, NC (May 18) - Robbie Gragnani's two-out single with the bases loaded, plated Danny Lopaze to give the fifth seeded Rams of Virginia Commonwealth University a 6-5 win over top seed Old Dominion University on May 18 in the CAA Baseball Tournament second round.

    The Monarchs started first as David Vilardi (Fishkill, NY.) hit a solo homer to left in the first inning. VCU came back to tie the game on an rbi double by Brian Mohr which scored Kevin Elrod.

    In the second inning, after a VCU error freshman John Oehler (Audubon, NJ.) singled home both Joe Troilo (Avondale,PA.) and Jeff Eure (Pillow, Pa.). After a wild pitch, David Vilardi singled home Oehler to make it 4-1 Monarchs.

    It stayed that way until the sixth when Monarch killer Corey Bauswell hit a three-run homer to tie the game Bauswell has hit three homers vs. the Monarchs this year). VCU then took the lead when CAA triple crown winner Jason Dubois hit his 16th homer of the season in the seventh.

    ODU came back in the top of the ninth to tie the game when freshman Brent Sollenberger (Chambersburg, Pa.) singled home freshman Jesse Thomas(Ventnor,NJ.) with two outs.

    J.D.Jackson (5-5) was the Monarchs hard luck loser. He fanned four, walked four in eight plus innings. Marc Fisher was VCU's winner (11-1), fanning a career tying ten batters.

    The Monarchs play William and Mary in the loser's bracket game on May 19 at 12 noon.

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