Monarchs Sweep Sunday Double-Header Against Rutgers
By ODU Athletics
March 6, 2005
NORFOLK, VA -The Old Dominion baseball team swept their double-header against Rutgers Sunday, winning 13-8 and 12-5. For the series, the Monarchs won two of three. ODU improves to 11-6 overall, while Rutgers falls to 5-3.
The Monarchs got things started quickly during the first game, scoring five runs in the first inning to take a 5-0 lead. Keith Hahn (Valley Stream, NY) scored on a passed ball to give ODU a 1-0 lead before a double by Steven Harris (Virginia Beach, VA/Kellam) brought in two more runs. Patrick Nichols (Chesapeake, VA) and Jesse Schoendienst (Belcamp, MD) also had RBIs for ODU.
Patrick Nichols extended ODU's lead in the bottom of the third, hitting a three-run home-run to give the Monarchs the 8-0 lead. Rutgers clawed back into the game, out-scoring ODU 6-2 over the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to cut the lead to 10-6. In the bottom of the eighth, though, the Monarchs scored three runs to take a 13-6 lead. Rutgers scored two in the top of the ninth, but the Monarchs held on for the 13-8 victory.
During the first game, Patrick Nichols had five RBIs, off 3-for-4 hitting. Jesse Schoendienst and Steve Harris both had three RBIs. Dana Arrowood (Woodbrige, VA) picked up the win to improve to 2-2 for the season, while Matt Pustay took the loss for Rutgers.
The second game started much the same way for ODU, as the Monarchs scored four runs in the first inning to grab a 4-0 lead. Rutger's pitcher O.J. DeChristofan hit two of the first three batters he faced and Evan Chipman (Raleigh, NC) got on base by an error, setting up Tyler Belcher's (Bristol, VA) single to right field that brought in two runs. Justin Gregula (Washington, PA) and Patrick Nichols also had RBIs.
Rutgers scored two in the second inning to make the score 4-2, but ODU scored eight runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take a 12-2 lead. Patrick Nichols doubled late in the inning, bring in another 2 RBIs, to help the Monarchs. The Scarlet Knights scored two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth to bring the score to 12-5, but ODU held on for the victory.
Kyle Dubois (Virginia Beach, VA/Cox) picked up the ODU win, improving to 2-0 for the season. O.J. DeChristofan took the loss for Rutgers.
RUT 000 014 102 8-9-4
ODU 503 020 03x 13-12-2
WP: Dana Arrowood (2-2); LP: Matt Pustay (1-1)
Rutgers Battery: Pustay and Gaynor (2); Acampora and Gaynor (2.2), Bradley and Gaynor (2.1), Holt and Gaynor (0.0), Woodhull and Gaynor (1)
ODU Battery: Arrowood and Nichols (6.2), Hall and Nichols (2.1)
RUT 020 000 210 5-9-2
ODU 400 026 00x 12-14-0
WP: Kyle Dubois (2-0); LP: O.J. Dechristofan (1-1)
Rutger's Battery: Dechristophan and Gossard (5), Jansen and Gossard (1), Lampariello and Gossard (2)ODU's Battery: Dubois and Belcher (7), Jones and Belcher (1), Burok and Belcher (1)