Monarchs Defeat JMU, 8-2 In CAA Opener
By ODU Athletics
March 9, 2007
HARRISONBURG, VA-- Behind the hitting of junior designated hitter David Burns (Jacksonville, Fl.), senior outfielder Nick Erdman (Leola,PA.) and the pitching of sophomore righthander Dan Hudson (Virginia Beach, VA.) the Monarchs of Old Dominion (12-7/1-0) defeated the Dukes of James Madison (1-11/0-1), 8-2 Friday afternoon at Long/Mauch Stadium. The series is a rematch of the top two teams in the CAA's regular season of a year ago.
ODU took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning when Anthony Shawler (Chesapeake, VA. )singled home Burns and Jake McAloose (Virginia Beach, VA.). In the sixth, ODU scored three more runs capped off with a two-run hit by Erdman, scoring Cameron Scott (Culpepper, Va.) and Shawler.
The Monarchs increased the lead to 8-2 when Burns slammed a three-run homer in the top of the ninth with Mike Zahm (Omaha, NE.) and Keenan aboard. It was Burns fifth home run of the season which currently ties him with Jason Bauer and Scott Krieger of George Mason for the CAA lead.
The Dukes were led by the 2006 CAA Player of the Year, National Co-Player of the Year and All-American outfielder Kellen Kulbacki with three hits, including two doubles and an RBI. The two teams will play game two of the series on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.