Duke Defeats Monarchs, 7-2
By ODU Athletics
Feb. 13, 2002
DURHAM, NC. - Duke scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to defeat the Monarchs of Old Dominion University, 7-2 Wednesday afternoon. The Monarchs are now 0-1, Duke improves to 3-1.
Troy Caradonna, Blake Walker Drew Jerdan and Kevin Kelly each knocked in a run in the fifth inning for the Blue Devils. In the second inning, after Caradonna scored on a wild pitch,Brian Patrick doubled home Doug Bechtol and winning pitcher Tim Layden.
The Monarchs got on the board in the fourth inning as shortstop Allen Strick (Glen Burnie, MD.)singled home Jared Musolf (Lakehurst, NJ). In the fifth inning Musolf singled home Matt Moye (Beaver Falls, Pa.) To make it 3-2.
ODU freshman righthander Justin Verlander (Goochland, Va.) lost his collegiate debut, but fanned eight batters in four-plus innings with five walks. The Monarch bullpen of Jonathan Tinkham (Chesapeake, Va.), Needham Jones (Portsmouth, Va.) and Stephen Warren (Norfolk, Va.) Shut the Blue Devils down the rest of the way.
Junior Brandon LeNoir (Ocala, FL.) led the Monarchs with three hits while Matt Moye, a second team All-CAA selection last year had two hits. Kevin Kelly and Troy Caradonna each had two hits for Duke.
The Monarchs host Navy on Saturday in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.
ODU 000 110 000 -2-9-1 Duke 030 040 00x -7-6-2ODU Battery: Justin Verlander, Jon Tinkham(5), Needham Jones (7), Stephen Warren (8) and John Oehler Duke Battery: Tim Layden, Justin Dilucchio (6), Paul Demarco(8) and Troy Caradonna.
WP: Layden(1-0) LP: Verlander (0-1)