Monarchs Open Season In Citadel Tournament
By ODU Athletics
Feb. 13, 2003
CHARLESTON, SC. --The Baseball Monarchs open the 2003 season with three games in the Citadel Tournament. ODU will open with Vanderbilt on Friday, then last year's NCAA World Series runners-up South Carolina on Saturday, and Tennessee on Sunday.
In Friday mornings contest with Vanderbilt, sophomore James Burok (Archbald, PA.) will get the nod on the mound. Burok is a pre-season All-CAA pick by BASEBALL AMERICA. On Saturday, pre-season All-American and 2002 CAA Rookie of the Year Justin Verlander (Goochland, VA.) will be on the hill to face #14 South Carolina. On Sunday, freshman Ricky Shefka (Kinston, NC.) is scheduled to start against the Volunteers of Tennessee.
ODU returns home next weekend to host BIGEAST power Rutgers in a three-game series beginning Friday, Feb. 21.
ODU PROBABLES 1b Brandon Le Noir 2b Joe Moore or Justin Gregula ss Jesse Schoendienst or Moore 3b Allen Strick C John Oehler DH Michael Koppin RF Steven Harris or Pedro Pena CF Brent Sollenberger LF Derrick James