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Monarchs Take On No. 26 UNCW In Three-Game Series

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: May 14, 2008
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May 14, 2008

WILMINGTON, NC-- The ODU Baseball Monarchs (24-23/13-12) take on 26th ranked UNC Wilmington (39-12-1/23-3-1) in a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series beginning Thursday at 7 p.m. in Brooks Field.

ODU is currently in fifth place in the CAA and are battling Towson, Northeastern and Georgia State for the final two spots in the six team tournament field which begins May 21st in Wilmington, NC.

UNCW has beaten nationally ranked N.C. State, and Coastal Carolina this season. The Seahawks are led in hitting by Jason Appel, a New York high school teammate of ODU's Bryan Cipolla. Appel ranks fifth in the CAA at .399 with 18 stolen bases and 57 runs scored along with 43 RBI's. Mark Carver is 10th in the CAA in hitting at .366 and leads the CAA with 20 homers and 76 RBI.

On the mound, UNCW has a 4.76 team ERA led by Bradley Holt with an 8-1 record and a 3.67 earned run average. Jeff Hatcher is 6-0 with a 4.31 ERA.

Centerfielder Jimmy Miles is hitting .374 for the Monarchs which ranks ninth in the CAA. He leads the league and ranks third nationally in stolen bases with 38. ODU leads the CAA in steals with 106. Designated hitter David Burns leads ODU with 11 homers along with 41 RBI, while Bryan Cipolla is hitting .342 with a team best 50 RBI. Shortstop Gerard Hall is hitting .340.

On the mound, ODU ranks second in the CAA with a 5.08 team ERA. Senior righthander Ryan Bergh is 5-5 with a 3.28 ERA which is the best in the CAA. Dan Hudson (5-4) leads the league with 95 strikeouts in 77 innings, and Anthony Shawler (5-3) is second in the league with 91 strikeouts in 70.2 innings of work. Shawler is also hitting .329 with 39 RBI and seven homers.

One win for the Monarchs clinches a spot for next week's Championships. Dan Hudson is scheduled to pitch Thursday night.

CAA STANDINGS 1. UNC Wilmington 23-3-1 2. James Madison 18-8 3. W&M 16-10 4. George Mason 15-10 5. ODU 13-12 6. Towson 12-15 7. Northeastern 11-15-1 8. Georgia State 11-15 9. Delaware 10-17 10. VCU 8-16 11. Hofstra 7-23

James Madison at Northeastern Georgia State at Towson W&M at George Mason Delaware at VCU ODU at UNCW

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