Monarchs Host Georgia State In CAA Series

May 08, 2008
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

May 8, 2008

NORFOLK, VA-- The Monarchs host the Panthers of Georgia State University in the final three-game home CAA series of the Year beginning Friday at 7 p.m. ODU's six seniors will be honored on Sunday.

Georgia State and ODU are two of the top three pitching staffs in the CAA as well as in stolen bases.

GSU's Robinson Polanco ranks seventh in the CAA with a 3.86 earned run average. He is currently 7-3 overall. Will Palmer is 3-2 with a 3.64 earned run average which ranks him fifth in the CAA. Georgia State's team ERA is 5.20.

Infielder Derek Simmons is 10th in the CAA with a .372 batting average. He also ranks eighth in the League with a .465 on base percentage. The Panthers have 84 stolen bases, led by Jean Michael Rochon-Salvas and Nick Hogan with 14 each.

Leading the Monarchs is Jimmy Miles at .374 with a CAA leading 36 stolen bases which ranks him third nationally. Firstbaseman Bryan Cipolla is hitting .360 with a team best 48 RBI, while Anthony Shawler is at .353 with seven homers and 39 RBI. Max Most ranks fourth in the CAA in stolen bases with 16. Designated hitter/Outfielder David Burns leads ODU in homers with 11.

On the mound, Ryan Bergh is tied for the CAA lead in complete games with four and second in the CAA with a 3.07 earned run average, and third in innings pitched with 73.1. Anthony Shawler is second in the CAA in strikeouts with 83, and tied for fourth in complete games with two. Dan Hudson leads the league in strikeouts with 86, and eighth in innings pitched with 68. ODU is scheduled to throw Dan Hudson on Friday, Anthony Shawler on Saturday, and Ryan Bergh on Sunday.

As a team, ODU's ERA is second in the CAA at 5.16. The Monarchs lead the league in stolen bases with 98 which ranks seven nationally.

Saturday's game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m., with Sundays match up starting at 1 p.m. Prior to Sunday's game, the six Monarch seniors, Ryan Bergh, David Burns, Chris Keenan, David Wagner, Jimmy Miles and Bryan Cipolla will be honored.

1. UNC Wilmington  20-3-1
2. James Madison  18-5
3. William and Mary 15-8
4. George Mason  15-10
5. ODU      12-10
6. Towson   10-14
7. Northeastern 9-14-1
8. Georgia State 9-14
9. Delaware  9-15
10. Va. Commonwealth 6-15
11. Hofstra 6-21

CAA Games this weekend Towson at Delaware UNCW at James Madison VCU at Hofstra Northeastern at W&M