ODU Hosts Clemson In Two-Game Series Starting Tuesday Night

March 21, 2005
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

March 21, 2005

NORFOLK, VA-- The Old Dominion Monarchs (14-12) play host this week to the Tigers of Clemson (8-8) in a two-game series beginning Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex.

Clemson is scheduled to throw righthander Josh Kopp (0-2) Tuesday night, while ODU head coach Jerry Meyers will counter with junior righthander Kevin Gunter (2-2) from Richland, NJ.

Through 26 games, Bryan Cipolla (Plainview, NY.) leads the Monarch regulars with a .366 batting average. He has four homeruns and 41 runs batted. Cipolla had a huge offensive week, batting .640 (16-25) with five doubles, two homers, five runs scored and 15 RBI in ODU's five games last week. The sophomore firstbaseman had atleast two hits in each contest, including a school-record tying 6-for-6 performance with eighth RBI in the Monarchs' 18-2 win over Princeton last Friday.

Freshman infielder Chris Keenan (Chesapeake, VA.) is next at .345, while sophomore catcher Tyler Belcher (Bristol, VA.) is hitting .323. Senior outfielder Evan Chipman Raleigh, NC.) rounds out the 300 hitters a .307 and leads the team with 29 runs scored and 11 stolen bases. ODU is hitting .301 as a team.

The Tigers have won three of their last four games, including taking two of three against ninth ranked North Carolina. Infielder Taylor Harbin leads the Tigers with a .373 batting average and has crossed home plate 17 times. Kris Harvey leads the Team with five homers and 23 runs batted in. Clemson is hitting .280 as a team with a 3.92 earned run average.

The two teams will also play Wednesday night at 7 p.m. ODU begins CAA play Friday against George Mason.