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No.6 Virginia Rallies To Beat ODU, 11-10

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: May 16, 2006
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May 16, 2006

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NORFOLK, VA-- The sixth ranked Cavaliers of Virginia (42-11) rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth to defeat Old Dominion (38-13), 11-10 Tuesday night at the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex. Virginia ranked sixth by the College Baseball Writers, seventh by USATODAY/ESPN Coaches, and ninth by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America.

Tonight was the final home came for Monarch seniors: Dana Arrowood, Patick Nichols, Justin Gregula, Jesse Schoendienst, Kevin Gunter, Keith Hahn and Bryan Hansen.

ODU jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first with the help of three walks by Virginia starter Shooter Hunt and homeruns by Dana Arrowood and Patrick Nichols. Arrowoods' was a two-run shot with Mike Zahm aboard. Nichols, who ranks sixth in the CAA with 15, was a solo shot. Jesse Schoendienst sacrifice fly scored Chris Keenan in the third and Mike Zahm slammed his sixth homer of the season in the fourth to give ODU a 8-4 lead.

Virginia rallied and tied the game at eight in the top of the eighth as Tom Hagan singled home David Adams, and Jeremy Ferrell knocked in Hagan after he stole second base.

The Monarchs retook the lead in the bottom of the eighth with the bases loaded, and two out as Patrick Nichols singled home Mike Zahm and Jesse Schoendienst.

In the top of the ninth with Dana Arrowood on the mound, Beau Seabury hit a solo homer to right center to make it, 10-9. Mike Mitchell, Brandon Marsh and Sean Doolittle each walked to load the bases. After striking out David Adams, Tom Hagan singled up the middle, scoring Mitchell and when ODU shortstop Jesse Schoendienst' throw went pass firstbase Marshall scored to put the Cavaliers up for good at 11-10.

Virginia relief ace Casey Lambert came on and allowed a singled to Chris Keenan, but shut the door with two strikeouts for his eighth save of the year.

Patrick Nichols led ODU with three RBI's, while Mike Zahm, Dana Arrowood, and Schoendienst each had two hits and two RBI. Sean Doolittle, Tom Hagan, Jeremy Farrell led the Cavaliers with two RBI each. Farrell and Beau Seabury each had three hits on the evening for Virginia who hosts Virgnia Tech this weekend.

ODU finishes the regular season with a three-game series at Towson beginning Thursday at 3 p.m. The CAA tournament begins May 24th in Wilmington, NC.

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