UNCW Rallies To Beat ODU, 8-6
By ODU Athletics
May 14, 2006
WILMINGTON, NC--Kenny Smith keyed a five-run rally in the bottom of the sixth as UNC WIlmington(36-17/16-11) defeated 24th ranked Old Dominion (38-12/20-7), 8-6 at Brooks field Sunday.
The loss drops ODU into a first place tie with JMU. Both are 20-7 in CAA games.
UNCW scored a run in each of the first three innings to take a 3-0 lead. ODU rallied in the fifth with six runs to take the lead. Justin Gregula scored on a wild pitch, the Jimmy Miles singled in Anthony Shawler to make it 3-2. After an error, Bryan Cipolla doubled to right center, scoring Mike Zahm and Jimmy Miles. Patrick Nichols finished the scoring with a groundout which plated Dana Arrowood.
The Seahawks scored five in the bottom of the sixth, three were unearned due to two Monarch errors. The big hit was a two-run single by Kenny Smith which made it 6-5. ODU then made two straight errors allowing the next three runs to score.
Allen Flood pitched the last 2-plus innings in relief for UNCW, fanning two and allowing no hits. Zach Booker remained undefeated at 6-0. Dan Hudson fanned four for ODU, allowing 11 hits, eight runs and five earned runs.
Bryan Cipolla led ODU with two hits and two runs batted in, while Chris Hatcher led UNCW with three hits and two runs scored.
ODU returns to action on Tuesday night when they host ninth ranked Virginia at 6 p.m. in the Bud Metheny Complex. It will be the last home game for seven ODU seniors who will be honored before the game.