ODU Knocks Off No. 24 ECU, 3-2
By ODU Athletics
April 11, 2012
GREENVILLE, NC-- ODU senior Chris Baker (Chesapeake, VA.) scored from second base On an ECU error in the top of the ninth inning to lift the Monarchs to a 3-2 win over the 24th ranked Pirates Wednesday night.
Sophomore reliever Dean Ali (Chesapeake, VA.) picked up the save in the ninth getting out of a jam with runners on second and third with two outs. Junior righthander Brandon Smith (Chesapeake, VA.) picked up his fifth win of the season (5-1) after pitching three scoreless innings in relief.
ODU jumped on the board first after senior shortstop Josh Wright (Bridgewater, VA.) homer hit the leftfield pole with senior secondbaseman Brandon Shelton (Chesapeake, VA.) on base for a 2-0 Monarch lead.
In the fourth inning Jack Reinheimer tripled home Zach Wright and Bryan Bass with two outs to tie the game at 2-2.
ODU has now beated the Pirates two years in a row in Greenville,NC. The Monarchs host defending CAA Champion JMU in a three game CAA series beginning Friday night At 6 p.m. with "Flood The Bud" night. All tickets are 1 dollar.
ODU 002 000 001=3-6-0 ECU 000 200 000=2-6-2
ODU battery: G.Tomchick, Bratten (4),B.Smith (6), Ali(9) and Tutwiler ECU Battery: Lake, J.Harris (3), Smithmyer(7), Merritt(9) and Wright HR: ODU- Wright (6) WP: B.Smith (5-1) LP: Smithmyer(2-2) Save- ALi (1)