McAloose Leads ODU Over No. 26 UNCW, 9-3

May 16, 2008
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

May 16, 2008

Box Score

WILMINGTON, NC--Old Dominion University sophomore thirdbaseman Jake McAloose (Virginia Beach, VA.) knocked in five runs, including two homers to lead the Monarchs to a 9-3 CAA victory over 26th ranked UNC Wilmington Friday night. The win gives the Monarchs the fifth seed in next weeks CAA Championships in Wilmington, May 21-24. ODU is 25-24 overall and 14-13 in the CAA, while UNCW is 40-13-1 overall and 24-4-1 in the CAA.

With the score tied at 2-2, ODU scored two in the sixth when David Burns led off with a double and McAloose followed with a two-run homer to left for a 4-2 lead.

In the eighth inning, ODU scored three runs. Chris Buss' reached on a fielder's choice to plate Anthony Shawler from third. Jimmy Miles then singled in Chris Buss and Gerard Hall to make it 7-2.

ODU finished their scoring in the top of the ninth as McAloose slammed another two-run homer with Bryan Cipolla aboard. McAloose also knocked in a run in ODU's two-run first inning.

Senior righthander Ryan Berg and freshman lefthander Kyle Hald held the Seahawks to just five hits and three runs. Berg is now 6-5 with a 3.27 earned run average which ranks second in the CAA. UNCW's Jeff Hatcher took his first loss of the season.

ODU pounded out 12 hits led by McAloose with four, Jimmy Miles and Max Most with two each.

Towson and Georgia State are still battling for the sixth and final spot. ODU and UNCW play Saturday at 2 p.m. in the regular season finale.

ODU 200 002 032 -9-12-0 UNCW 100 010 001 3-5-3

ODU- Ryan Bergh, Kyle Hald(6) and Donnie Corsner, David Burns(9) UNCW- Hatcher, Haney(7), Roth(8), Flood(8), Braxton (9) and Carver

WP: Bergh (6-5) LP: Hatcher (6-1) Save: Hald (2) HR: McAloose, 2 (4), UNCW- Rooney (1)