Monarchs Rally For 6-5 Win at Towson
By ODU Athletics
April 15, 2005
TOWSON, MD-- Matt Hudgins (Virginia Beach, VA.) two-out double scored Bryan Cipolla (Plainview, NY.) in the top of the ninth and capped off a four-run rally as ODU defeated Towson, 6-5 in a CAA contest Friday afternoon.
Towson took a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth when NCAA homerun leader Jason Maxey slammed a two-run homer, his 16th of the year. A.J. Tinnerella later singled home Pat Fields to make it 5-2. Towson leads the nation in homers with 62 in 31 games.
In the ninth, Steven Harris led off with a double and Justin Gregula got a pinch hit single. Chris Keenan then walked to load the bases. Evan Chipman's sacrifice fly scored Harris and the other two runners advanced. Cipolla then singled home Gregula and Keenan to tie the game. Cipolla knocked in three runs on the day to give him a CAA leading 52 runs batted in.
With two outs, Hudgins doubled to right, scoring Cipolla from second with the lead run.
In the bottom of the ninth James Burok came out and after walking the lead-off hitter, Shane Justis, he retired the next three batters, including two on strikeouts. Burok leads the CAA with five saves.
The other two Monarch runs came on a solo homer by Eric Mesa in the fifth and a sacrifice fly RBI by Cipolla in the sixth which scored Evan Chipman. Chipman and Towson centerfielder Adam Heffron lead the CAA with five triples. Both had one triple each today.
Needham Jones (Portsmouth, VA.) pitched two scoreless innings with two strikeouts to pick up his first win of the season.
The two teams play game two on Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m. Bryan Hansen is scheduled to start for ODU.
ODU 000 011 004 =6-12-0 TU 100 013 000 -5=0-1
ODU battery: Arrowood, Hall(6), Jones(7) ,Burok(9) and Belcher TU Batter, Rhodes, Summerlin(8), Volker (9) and Schreiter.
WP: Jones (1-2) LP: Volker(2-3) Save: Burok (5)
HR: ODU- Mesa(1) Towson, Maxey(16), Schreiter(4)