Burok & Evans Pitch Monarchs Past #22 JMU, 3-2
By ODU Athletics
May 19, 2002
NORFOLK, VA. - Old Dominion University defeated 22ND ranked James Madison, 3-2 behind the pitching of freshman James Burok (Archbald, Pa.) and junior reliever Kevin Evans (Shamong, NJ.). ODU ends the season with a 26-27 record, 8-12 in the CAA, and take two of three games in the series. while JMU is 41-12 overall and 15-5 in the CAA and will be the top seed in this week's CAA Tournament in Manteo, NC.
The Monarchs scored two unearned runs in the second inning thanks to three JMU errors. Brent Sollenberger (Chambersburg, Pa.) scored an a throwing error and Ryan Harvey scored on Jess Schoendienst' (Belcamp, MD.) RBI single.
The Dukes got their first run in the sixth as Brent Metheny singled home Jason Cushman who reached on a passed ball and advanced to second on a wild pitch. In the seventh inning, JMU tied the game when pinch hitter Dustin Bowman singled home Steve Ballowe.
Burok scattered six hits, walked two and struckout a career high tying eight batters in seven-plus innings.He fanned eighth earlier in the year against Navy. Kevin Evans came on in the eighth and picked up his third save of the year.
Brent Metheny, Steve Ballowe led JMU with two hits each on the day. John Gouzd and Chris Cochran held ODU to four hits with only one of the three runs earned.
Brent Sollenberger ended up the Monarchs top hitter for the year at .316, while Kevin Snapp (Yorba Linda, CA.) led the team in runs batted in with 32. Ryan Harvey led the team with five homers and Justin Verlander (Goochland, VA.)recorded the teams lowest earned run average at 1.90, most strikeouts with 137 and most wins with seven.
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WP: Barok (5-4) LP:Gouzd(7-3) Save: Evans(3)