ODU Travels To No. 30 ECU Tuesday Night
By ODU Athletics
May 16, 2011
NORFOLK, VA-- The ODU Monarchs (26-22) return to action Tuesday night in Greenville, NC when they take on 30th ranked East Carolina (34-17) at 6 p.m. The two teams were rained out in a game scheduled at ODU back on April 27th.
ECU is led by Phillip Clark with a .339 batting average. Trent Whitehead is second at .325. Zach Wright leads the Pirates with 12 homers along with 35 RBI and Corey Thompson also has 35 RBI.
On the mound, Brad Mincey is 5-2 with a 0.85 ERA, folloed by Seth Maness with a 7-3 record and a 2.22 ERA. Righthander Zach Woods (2-2) with start against the Monarchs. The Pirates lead the series 41-28. ODU's last win over ECU was in 2002 with a 9-6 victory in Greenville on a conplete game from then freshman Justin Verlander.
The Monarchs along with JMU are tied for first in the CAA and have both clinched a spot in the CAA Baseball Championships May 26-28 at UNC Wilmington.
Josh Wright is hitting .373 with 12 homers and 40 RBI and a .717 slugging percentage, while Nathan Hartman is at .304 with five homers and 31 RBI. Firstbaseman Chris Baker is hitting .278 with seven homers and a team best 50 RBI.
Freshman reliever Dean Ali has the best ERA at 2.34, while Kyle Hald is at 8-2 with 96 strikeouts in 82.2 innings of work. Both Ben Tomchick and Phil McCarthy are 7-4, while reliever Adam Wisniewski leads the CAA with 13 saves. ODU will throw Louis Singleton against ECU.
After the ECU contest, the Monarchs finish up the regular season with a three-game CAA series in Hempstead, NY against Hofstra on Friday with a single game and then a doubleheader on Saturday.
CAA BASEBALL STANDINGS James Madison 18-9 34-17 Old Dominion 18-9 26-22 UNCW 16-11 28-24 Georgia State 15-12 35-17 Delaware 16-14 27-26 Towson 14-13 25-26-1 W&M 14-13 24-27 Northeastern 12-15 18-30 VCU 11-16 21-29 Hofstra 10-17 13-31 George Mason 6-21 20-30-1