ODU Defeats VMI Behind Verlander, Burok & Smith, 4-2
By ODU Athletics
March 23, 2004
NORFOLK, VA-Old Dominion (10-10) defeated Virginia Military Institute, 4-2 Tuesday night behind the combined pitching of Justin Verlander (Goochland, VA.), James Burok (Archbald, PA.) and Donnie Smith (Portsmouth, VA.).
Junior shortstop Brandon Carter (Sacramento, CA.) knocked in two runs for ODU. He singled home Kenny Gram (Tempe, AZ.) in the second to give ODU a 2-1 lead, and tripled home Eric Mesa (Miami, Fl.) in the fourth. In the first inning Carter scored on freshman firstbaseman Bryan Cipolla's sacrifice fly. The fourth ODU run came in the seventh as Derek James' (Terre Haute, IN.) groundout plated Keith Hahn (Valley Stream, NY.).
B.T. Good led VMI with three hits on the evening. Kelly Sweppenhiser scored on Sean Seawell's groundout in the second inning. Elliott Erbe's (Portsmouth, VA.) groundout in the fifth plated Brandon Massenburg.
James Burok picked up his first win of the season and Donnie Smith fanned eight in four innings of relief to pick up his second save of the season. ODU returns to action on Wednesday when they host Liberty at 7 p.m.
LINESCORE VMI 010 010 000 =2-6-1 ODU 110 100 10x =4-5-0 Batteries: VMI- Acors, Anton (3), Hollenbeck (5), DeMara (8) and Seawell ODU- Verlander , Burok (3), Smith (6) and Gram
WP: -Burok (1-5), LP: Acors(2-5) Save :Smith (2)