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Monarchs Play At No. 24 East Carolina Wednesday Night

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: April 10, 2012
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April 10, 2012

NORFOLK, VA-- The ODU Baseball Monarchs travel to Greenville, NC to take on the 24th ranked Pirates of East Carolina Wednesday night at 6 p.m.at Lewis Field/Clark-LeClair Stadium.Listen the game live tonight on Star1310 WGH AM radio with Ted Alexander and Doug Ripley providing the play-by-play.

ECU (22-8-1) are led in hitting by Drew Reynolds at .370 followed by Tim Younger at .359 and John Wooten at .331 with six homers. Corey THompson is hitting .322 with four homers and a team best 26 RBI. The Pirates are scheduled to throw Deshorn Lake (0-1/6.75 ERA).

The two teams met earlier this season at the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex with ECU winning, 10-4.

Austin McGowan leads ODU with a .333 batting average, followed by senior catcher Josh Tutwiler at .323 with three homers and 18 RBI. Outfielder Kenny Belgrave is hitting .297. Senior shortstop Josh Wright leads the Monarchs in runs scored with 32 along with five homers, 18 RBI and 11 of 13 stolen bases. Senior firstbaseman Chris Baker is hitting .276 with six homers and a team best 27 RBI.

ODU is slated to start freshman Greg Tomchick (0-2/6.41). Thus far freshman Dylan Bratton leads the team with a 1.15 ERA in 11 appearances, while this week's CAA Pitcher of the Week senior Ben Tomchick has 45 strikeouts in 44.1 innings of work which ranks him second in the CAA.

ODU returns home for a three-game CAA series against defending league champion James Madison beginning Friday at 6 p.m. Friday's game will be "Flood The Bud Night." Admission will be 1.00 with free T-shirts to the first 200 fans as well as inning give-a-ways which include Washington National tickets, gas and food gift cards and ODU memorabilia.

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