Monarchs Host Northeastern In CAA Series

April 24, 2008
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

April 24, 2008

NORFOLK, VA-- The Old Dominion University Baseball Monarchs host a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series against the Huskies of Northeastern beginning Friday at 7 p.m. in the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex.

Northeastern's roster features the CAA's top pitcher in sophomore lefthanded reliever Sheldon McDonald who has a 7-1 record with a league best 2.70 earned run average. Northeastern is scheduled to throw Jeff Thomson (4-2, 4.42 ERA) Friday, Les Williams on Saturday and lefthander Ryan Quigley on Sunday.

Infielder Mike Lyon leads the Huskies in hitting at .388 along with nine homers and 32 runs batted in. Catcher/Firstbaseman Frank Pesanello is hitting .276 with a team best 13 homers and 32 RBI.

Senior centerfielder Jimmy Miles continues to lead the Monarchs in hitting at .381 with a team best 49 runs scored, three triples and 30 stolen bases. Miles currently ranks third nationally in thefts. Outfielder Max Most is second on the team in steals with 14 which ties him for second in the CAA with UNCW's Jason Apel. Miles ranks 29th nationally in runs scored.

designated hitter/outfielder David Burns leads the team with nine homers and has 37 RBI, while senior firstbaseman Bryan Cipolla is hitting .346 with a team best 40 RBI.

Senior Ryan Bergh is second in the CAA with a 3.08 earned run average. Bergh is 4-4 overall with a team best three complete games. Anthony Shawler is 4-2 with a 5.07 ERA and is second in the CAA in strikeouts with 65 in 55 innings of work. Dan Hudson leads the CAA with 75 strikeouts in 60.1 innings of work along with a 3-4 record and a 5.22 ERA.

Dan Hudson ranks 13th nationally in strikeouts per nine innings at 11.19 while Shawler is 28th at 10.64.

The Alumni Association will have a Baseball Tailgate Saturday at 3:00 p.m. $5.00 per person will include game ticket, and cookout. For more information, please contact Kelly Stallings at683-6961.

After this weekend's series, ODU breaks for exams and returns to action May 7th with a doubleheader against Radford at home.

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

NCAA's Top Basestealers 1. Kyle Hudson (Illinois )32 2. Roly Gonzalez (Tex-Pan American) 32 3. Jimmy Miles (ODU) 30 4. Rich Goulian (fordham) 29 5. C.Cole (Jackson State) 28 Kevin Tokarski(Illinois State ) 28