ODU Rallies to Overcome VCU in 11 innings, 9-8
Virginia Commonwealth came from behind three times. The Rams erased deficits of one, four and three runs before the Monarchs were finally able to hold them off in the 11th frame.
Old Dominion jumped on top by scoring four runs in their half of the fifth to take a 5-1 lead, with the help from a two-run single by Tim Hummel (Montgomery, NY.). Jared Musolf and Jeff Eure (Pillow, Pa.) each knocked in one run in that inning. Virginia Commonwealth answered with the second of its three rallies, scoring four times in the seventh to even the score at five all.
The Monarchs would score twice in the eighth as Jason Greiner (Wexford, Pa.) scored on an error and Brent Sollenberger (Chambersberg, Pa.) knocked in Travis Silver (Weaverville, NC.). In the ninth, ODU went up 8-5 as Ross Robertson singled in Jeff Eure, but the Rams responded yet again. A single by shortstop Brian Mohr (Petersburg, W. Va.) with two men on scored one run. Left fielder Kevin Elrod dropped down a sacrifice bunt, but reached base safely after an error by the third baseman, that scored another run and the Rams trailed by just one, 8-7. Junior catcher Cory Bauswell (Chesapeake, Va.) then singled home Mohr to tie the game. The Rams would load the bases with two out, but were unable to bring in another run.
Neither team was able to score in the 10th inning. The Monarchs' Jared Musolf led off the 11th with a single then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and a base hit. Robertson's bunt brought Musolf home with the winning run.
Brent Sollenberger led the Monarchs with a career high five base hits in six trips. Joe Troilo added three hits. for the second time in as many games this week, Jonathon Tinkam picked up the win in relief. ODU starter J.D. Jackson from Sallisaw, OK fanned seven in eight plus innings and allowed only four earned runs. Matt Davis led VCU with four hits in seven atbats.
The same two teams will meet again on Saturday, with the game scheduled to start at 4 p.m.
ODU 100 040 021 01 -9-16-4 VCU 100 000 403 00 -8-14-2 ODU Battery:Jackson, Tinkham(9) and Silver VCU Battery:Martin, Baumann,(7), Edelblut(8),Korn(10)and Bauswell. WP:Tinkham(4-0) LP:Korn(3-3)