ODU Edges #12 Richmond in 10 Innings, 4-3
By ODU Athletics
March 4, 2003
NORFOLK, VA. - Brandon Le Noir (Ocala, FL.) scored the game winner as Joe Moore (Woodbridge, VA.) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and one out to give the Monarchs of Old Dominion a 4-3 10 inning victory over 12th ranked Richmond Tuesday afternoon. The loss was the Spiders first of the season(5-1) and ended ODU's three-game losing streak (5-5).
In the bottom of the tenth, Le Noir walked with one out. Brent Sollenberger (Chambersburg, PA.) followed with a double over third base. After John Oehler (Audubon, NJ.) was intentionally walked, Joe More was hit with a pitch by losing pitcher Matt McLoughlin forcing home Le Noir and giving the Monarchs the victory.
ODU scored three runs in the first inning as freshman Keith Hahn (Valley Stream, NY.) scored from third on a wild pitch. Brent Sollenberger doubled home Le Noir and Allen Strick (Glen Burnie, MD.) for the other two Monarch runs.
The Spiders, who lost to Nebraska in the best of three series in last year's NCAA Super Regional got solo home runs in the first and third innings from Ben Zeskind. The third baseman came into the game leading Richmond with a .533 batting average. Richmond tied the game in the eighth inning as Bryan Pritz who pinch ran for Vito Chiaravalloti scored as Michael Galligan broke up ODU's double-play attempt by beating out the throw to first.
Kevin Evans(Shamong, NJ.) picked up his second win in relief for ODU. He fanned three in three innings of work. Brent Sollenberger led ODU with four hits on the day and two runs batted in which gives him a .353 batting average. Richmond was led by Jim Fasano with four hits and Ben Zeskind with three hits. ODU travels to #19 Clemson for a three-game series beginning on Friday, while Richmond hosts VMI on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.
LINESCORE UR 101-000-010-0=3-11-0 UR Battery: Bolinski, McLoughlin(7) and Tidball ODU 300 000 000 1 =4-8-0 ODU Battery: Burok, Arrowood(7), Evans(8) and Oehler WP: Evans(2-0) LP: McLoughlin (1-1) HR: UR- Zeskind 2&3.