Verlander Wins First Major League Game
April 8, 2006
ARLINGTON, TX--Former Old Dominion University pitching standout Justin Verlander (Manakin-Sabot, Va.) scattered two hits and struckout seven to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 7-0 victory over the Texas Rangers. Verlander walked only two in seven innings of work for his first major league win.
While at ODU, from 2002-04, Verlander struckout 427 batters in 335.2 innings, the most in ODU, CAA and Virginia Division I history. He also fanned 17 batters in a game as a freshman against James Madison. Verlander earned All-CAA honors twice and was a finalist for the Roger Clemens National Pitcher of the Year award. He was also named the ODU Alumni Association's Male Athlete of the Year. In 2003, Verlander helped lead the USA national team win the silver medal in the Pan Am games.
Selected second overall in the 2004 draft by Detroit, Verlander was 8-2 with a 1.71 ERA in the Florida State league last year and made his major league debut on July 4, 2005.