Monarchs Host Nationally Ranked N.C.State Wednesday Night

April 03, 2012
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

April 3, 2012

NORFOLK, VA-- The ODU Monarchs host nationally ranked North Carolina State Wednesday night at the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex at 6 p.m. The contest will be carried live on Star1310 WGH AM Radio with announcers Ted Alexender, ODU's Director of Broadcasting and Doug Ripley.

The Wolfpack (19-7)rank 13th by Collegiate Baseball, 17th by Baseball America,22nd by ESPN/USA TODAY Coaches and 26th by NCWBA. N.C. State's head coach Elliott Avent won his 800th collegiate game in a 7-6 win over Virginia Sunday.

The Wolfpack are led by infielder Chris Diaz who is hitting .368 with 26 RBI, follwed by Ryan Mathews at .333 with four homers and 16 RBI. NC State is hitting .292 as a team with 14 homeruns this season. They have a team ERA of 2.99 with 224 strikeouts in 234.2 innings which include three shutouts.

ODU leads the series, 17-16-1. The two teams last played in 2010 with NC State winning, 7-3 in Raleigh.

After Wednesday nights contest there will be seven more regular season games to be broadcast on Star1310 radio. They are as follows:

Wed-April 4-NC State....6pm
Wed-Apr-11 @ ECU........6pm
Fri-Apr 13  JMU....6pm
Tue-Apr 17 Nor St at Harbor Park...6:15
Fri-Apr 27   VCU....6pm
Fri-May 4   @ W&M...7pm
Sat May 5  @ W&M...4pm
Fri May 18  Ga St......6pm
as well as the CAA Tourney May 23-26 if ODU is involved.
Thus far Chris Baker ranks third in the CAA in homeruns with six, while Joey Burney and Josh Wright are tied for sixth with four each. Josh Tutwiler is tied for seventh in the league with 16 walks, while Josh Wright ranks seventh in runs scored with 27. ODU is scheduled to throw senior C.J. Huyett (1-1/5.70).

The Monarchs travel to Towson this weekend for a three-game CAA series.

CAA Standings
UNCW       10-2   15-12
Hofstra    6-3    13-12
W&M        7-5    19-11
Delaware   7-5    14-14
Towson     7-5    13-14
Ga.State   5-4    13-16
George Mason 6-6  18-11
VCU        6-6    16-12
Northeastern 3-6  12-10
ODU        2-7    10-18
JMU        1-11   6-21-1