ODU Hosts VCU In CAA Series
By ODU Athletics
May 4, 2006
NORFOLK, VA--The Old Dominion University Baseball Monarchs (35-8/17-4) return to action after exam break to host the defending CAA champion Rams of Virginia Commonwealth University (24-19/13-8). Game one of the three-game series is Friday at 7 p.m. in the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex. ODU remains in the nation's top 25 by the four major collegiate polls.
Saturday's game is at 5 p.m. and will be ODU baseball alumni night. The alumni will be admitted free and introduced prior to the game.
Sunday's 2 p.m. game is Youth Day. All area youth who wear their uniforms will be admitted free and allowed to participate in the post-game autograph session.
Outfielder Jimmy Miles leads the Monarchs in hitting at .360 and stolen bases with 34. Designated hitter/relief pitcher Dana Arrowood is second at .359 with 38 runs batted in. On the mound Arrowood has seven saves with a 2.48 earned run average and a 3-1 record. Firstbaseman Bryan Cipolla leads ODU in RBI's with 40.
The Rams, coached by ODU graduate Paul Keyes ('84) are led by Jared Bolden with a .399 batting average, while Sergio Miranda is at .399 with a team leading 15 stolen bases. Joe Meador leads VCU in homers with eight and 32 RBI. On the mound, VCU has a team ERA of 3.83 led by Harold Mozingo at 2.14 (6-1), followed by John Leonard at 5-3 with a 2.83 ERA. The Rams are third in the CAA in team ERA.
The Monarchs rank 21st by National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association; 24th by USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches; and 25th by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America.
ODU 17-4 35-8 JMU 17-7 30-18 Northeastern 14-7 21-16 VCU 13-8 24-19 UNCW 12-9 31-14 Delaware 10-11 26-16 GMU 11-13 18-26 GA.State 8-13 19-25 Hofstra 8-16 18-27 W&M 9-18 16-27 Towson 4-17 14-29