Verlander Fans 17 As ODU Defeats JMU, 3-2 In Ten Innings

May 08, 2004
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

May 8, 2004

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HARRISONBURG, VA-- Steven Harris (Va. Beach, VA.) singled home Allen Strick (Glen Burnie, MD.) in the tenth inning to give ODU a 3-2 victory over James Madison Saturday afternoon. ODU is now 18-24 overall and 7-9 in the CAA, while JMU is 26-18 overall and 7-9 in the CAA.

Donnie Smith came on in the bottom of the tenth inning to pick up his third save of the year. He retired the side in order, fanning one. In all, Smith and Verlander combined for 18 strikeouts in ten innings, a new ODU school mark.

Justin Verlander (Goochland, Va.) picked up his fifth win of the season as he fanned 17 batters, tying his career high set as a freshman against JMU. Verlander walked only three and scattered five hits through nine innings of work. He now has 401 career strikeouts in just 315 innings, the most in CAA and ODU history.

JMU took the lead first on a solo homerun by Dan Santobianco in the fifth inning. ODU came back in the top of the sixth with two runs. Brandon Carter (Sacramento, CA.) led off with a walk, then scored from first on a double by Steven Harris. Harris then scored on a single by Justin Gregula (Washington, PA.).

JMU tied the game in the bottom of the eighth as Nate Schill singled home Brandon Bowser with an unearned run.

In the top of the tenth, Allen Strick reached on a JMU error. Carter was then hit with a pitch and Harris singled over the thirdbase to give the Monarchs the lead. Harris now leads ODU in runs batted in with 24 and is hitting .335.

The previous ODU team mark of 17 strikeouts in a game was shared by Verlander against JMU as a freshman in 2002, and on March 29, 1991 at Maryland-Eastern Shore by Kirky Demyan(11) Sean Hennessy(3) & Wayne Gomes(3).

The two teams play again on Saturday at 2 p.m. at JMU's Long/Mauck Field.

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WP: Verlander (5-5) LP: Ryan Lobbon(2-2) SA: Donnie Smith (3) HR: JMU-Santobianco