ODU Hosts Georgia State In CAA Season Series Finale Thursday

May 16, 2012
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

May 16, 2012

NORFOLK, VA-- The ODU Baseball Monarchs host the Panthers of Georgia State in the final CAA season series for both teams beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex. Friday's game is also at 6 p.m. and Saturday's senior day game is at 1 p.m.

The Panthers are led by Brandon Williams at .276 with a team best eight homers and 39 RBI. He also has eight stolen bases. Jonathan Kolowich is hitting .266 with 34 RBI and Joey Wood has 33 RBI while Caden Bailey is hitting .301.

On the mound, Georgia State plans to start Justin Malone (1-2/4.76) on Thursday, Ben Marshall (5-6/3.40) on Friday and Tyler Claburn (4-3/7.60) on Saturday. Marshall ranks eighth in the CAA in ERA, while Malone is ninth in strikeouts with 62. Marshall also leads the league in shutouts with two.

The ODU Monarchs are led by senior shortstop Josh Wright at .300 with 18 stolen bases, 47 runs scored and a .505 slugging percentage. Senior catcher Josh Tutwiler is hitting .296 with seven homers and 29 RBI while fellow senior outfieler Chris Baker seven homers and a team best 39 RBI. Freshman outfielder Josh Eldridge is hitting .292 with a team best four triples along with 26 RBI and a .410 slugging percentage.

ODU plans to start sophomore Dean Ali (2-4/2.44) on Thursday night, junior Brandon Smith (8-1/4.02) on Friday night and senior Ben Tomchick (3-5/4.69) on Saturday afternoon. Brandon Smith is tied for the CAA lead in wins with Michael Trionfo of Towson and Tyler McSwain of UNCW. Ben Tomchick ranks fifth in the CAA in strikeouts with 71.

Tutwiler and Baker rank sixth in the CAA in homers, while Eldridge is tied for fourth in triples. Josh Wright ranks sixth in the CAA in steals, ninth in doubles, and third in runs scored.

ODU will honor its eight seniors; Josh Wright (SS), Josh Tutwiler (catcher), Chris Baker (RF/1b), Brandon Shelton (2b), Brent Frazier (3b), Ben Tomchick (RHP), CJ Huyett (RHP) and Phil McCarthy (RHP)on Saturday during a pre-game ceremony.

CAA Standings
UNCW        22-5   33-19
Hofstra     18-9   31-19
Delaware    16-11  26-23
George Mason 15-12 32-20
VCU         15-15  30-22
Towson      12-15  23-29
Georgia St. 12-15  22-30
W&M         11-16  30-23
Northeastern 11-16 21-27
JMU         10-17  16-32-2
ODU         8-19   18-32