Morales Home Run Lifts ODU Over W&M, 4-2
By ODU Athletics
May 3, 2003
WILLIAMSBURG, VA - Freshman Willy Morales (Humacao, PR.) slammed his first collegiate homerun in the ninth and sophomore pitcher Justin Verlander (Goochland, VA.) went the distance with a five-hitter to lead Old Dominion to a 4-2 non conference victory over William and Mary Saturday afternoon at Plumeri Park.
With the game tied at one in the top of the ninth, Allen Strick (Glen Burnie, MD.) walked, Dana Arrowood (Woodbridge, VA.) followed with a single. Morales, with two outs hit the three-run homer over the rightfield fence to give ODU a 4-1 lead. The Monarchs first run came on a two-out single by Allen Strick which plated Joe Moore (Woodbridge, Va.). Strick and Arrowood led ODU with two hits each.
Verlander did not give up a hit until the fifth. He gave up five hits, walked four and fanned 11. He is now 7-4 on the year with a 1.92 earned run average with 123 strikeouts in 103 innings. Verlander has fanned ten or more six times this year.
The Tribe (27-16) tied the game in the sixth as Tim Jones singled home Mitch Walk. In the bottom of the ninth with two outs, John Lentz walked, then Trey Wakefield and Kyle Padgett hit back-to-back singles to make it 4-2 before Verlander retired Mike DeCarlo on a groundout.
ODU (16-28) breaks for exams before hosting Towson in a three-game CAA series beginning next Friday.
MONARCH NOTES Evan Chipman ranks 15th nationally with a 0.61 per game steal average. Chipman has 23 stolen bases in 30 attempts. Justin Verlander ranks 23rd nationally in earned run average and his 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings ranks 28th nationally.
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ODU Battery: Verlander and Oehler W&M Battery: Cory, Ray (6) and DeCarlo
WP: Verlander (7-4) LP: Ray (5-5)