UNCW Edges ODU, 6-4 in CAA First Round Game
May 26, 2004
WILMINGTON, NC-- UNC Wilmington scored five runs in the third inning and then held off the Monarchs ninth inning rally for a 6-4 victory in the first round of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament.
ODU will now play top seed George Mason Thursday at 12 noon in the elimination game. GMU lost to Delaware, 8-5 in ten innings Wednesday.
Matt Poulk got UNCW stared with a lead-off double. With one out Chip Grawey doubled to put runners on second and third. A passed ball scored Poulk and Grawey then scored on Lee McLean's fielders choice groundout. Matt Sutton then tripled when two of ODU's outfielders collided scoring McLean. Anthony Smith singled to scored Sutton and then John Raynor's singled scored Neal Eichorn to give the Seahawks a 5-0 lead.
In the ninth the Monarchs scored three runs off All-CAA reliever Blake Cross. Derek James led off with a double, then scored on an error. With the bases loaded C.J. Lee was hit with a pitch which scored Brandon Carter. The final ODU run came on Justin Gregula's single which scored Allen Strick. Cross then settled down and got the next two Monarchs out.
Brandon Carter and Derek James led ODU with two hits each. Justin Verlander (7-6) gave up eight hits with two walks and six strikeouts. He hit four batters tying the CAA tournament singled game mark. UNCW's Zach Kimball allowed only one run with four walks and four strikeouts.
ODU 000 001 003 =4-8-0 UNCW 005 000 10x =6-8-1
WP: Zach Kimball(7-5) LP: Justin Verlander(7-6)