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Wayne Gomes To Be Inducted Into the Lower Virginia Peninsula Hall Of Fame

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: May 10, 2008
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May 10, 2008

Wayne Gomes ('94), the Monarchs relief pitching ace who earned All-CAA honors and was a first round selection of the 1993 Major League baseball draft will be inducted into the 2008 Athletic Hall of Fame for the Lower Virginia Peninsula.

He will be inducted on May 18 along with Ronald Curry, Frank Emanuel, Glenn "Skeeter" Heath, Jerry Holmes, and Herman "Bucky" Keller.

The tenth annual induction banquet will be held at the Hampton Coliseum. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception on the second level where the Hall of Fame is located, followed by dinner. Tickets are on sale for $30.00 each and are available for purchase at Hampton Parks and Recreation on 22 Lincoln Street or by calling 727 6348 or 727 8314.

The 1993 relief specialist Wayne Gomes was the highest Monarch player ever selected, at that time, in the baseball draft. The Philadelphia Phillies selected the Hampton, Va. native as the fourth overall pick in the first round.

As a junior in 1993, Gomes earned first team honors from the Colonial Athletic Association and first team All-State honors. That year, he compiled a 2.03 earned run average with four saves and 55 strikeouts in 26.2 innings.

During his sophomore season, Gomes fanned 54 batters in just 35 innings of work. He recorded three saves and registered a 2.04 earned run average.

Gomes made his mark as a freshman in 1991 as he led the Sun Belt Conference in saves with nine and ranked among the nation's top 15 in that category. He was named first team freshman All-American by COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWS in 1991. That same season, Old Dominion ranked as high as 23rd nationally and reached the Sun Belt Conference Tournament finals.

Gomes completed his career at Old Dominion with a 5-3 record. He pitched 100 career innings with 156 career strikeouts and a 2.43 earned run average. Gomes saved 16 games which was a record at Old Dominion when he completed his career.

Pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1997 to 2001. Pitched 13 games for the San Francisco Giants in 2001, then for the Boston Red Sox in 2002. Spent the entire 2003 season with Scranton in the International League where he pitched in the IL All-Star game and led the league in saves. Gomes graduated with a degree in recreation and leisure studies.

Wayne was inducted into the ODU Sports Hall of Fame in April of 2001.

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