Verlander Beats Orioles For Four Win

May 11, 2006
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

May 11, 2006


BALTIMORE-- Justin Verlander (ODU'04) pitched seven plus innings, fanning four as the Detroit Tigers defeated Baltimore, 6-3.

Verlander is now 4-3 overall with a 3.77 earned run average. He walked four and gave up seven hits. The all-time strikeout leader in Virginia, and CAA history has now gone atleast six innings in six of his seven starts this year.

With Verlander in the rotation, the Tigers might be able to afford an ooff-night offensivley. But changing speeds and mixing in a breaking ball to make his hard stuff more dominating makes Verlander dangerous. He seemed at his best when he got a runner on base.

"That's something I've alway done,"Verlander said."I don't know if it's adrenaline, or if I save a little bit."

Either way, he's made believers out of his teammates and opponents.

Said Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo: "He mixed his pitches up a little bit and he had some good movement. He throws hard and he was pretty good tonight."

"He's a great pitcher, he relly is,"Inge, a CAA Player of the Year at VCU said. He's got more than above average stuff. The more yor're in the big leagues, the more you come to grips with how things are up here and the more you settle down and actually pitch. He's starting to do that right now, a little earlier than some people expected."

Case in point: on his 15th pitch of the night, Verlander popped a 101- mph reading on the digital counter on the facing of the upper deck in left field.