Monarchs Split Doubleheader with Tribe, 6-3, 3-4
By ODU Athletics
April 3, 2005
WILLIAMSBURG, VA (April 3, 2005)-Old Dominion erased an early 2-0 W&M lead as it scored all six of its runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to win game one 6-3, but the Tribe used an eighth inning rally to take game two and the series with a 4-3 win as the two teams split a Sunday doubleheader this afternoon at Plumeri Park. W&M improves to 16-13 and 3-6 in the CAA, while the Monarchs fall to 17-18 and 1-5 in the CAA.
Game one, which was scheduled for just seven innings, started with the Tribe grabbing the lead with a pair of runs in the first. Jon Rhymes reached second base after his fly ball to right was dropped, moved to third on a groundout by Greg Sexton, and scored on an infield single by Chris Rahl to take a 1-0 lead. Rahl moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on an error to push the lead to 2-0.
ODU responded to knot the game at two with a pair of runs in the third on a two-run single by Bryan Cipolla. ODU took the lead for good when it added three more in the fourth. Catcher Patrick Nichols blasted his third homer of the year, a shot to left to give the Monarchs a 3-2 lead. Two more runs scored when Chris Keenan doubled home Jesse Schoendienst and Eric Mesa to push the lead to 5- 2.
W&M cut the lead to 5-3 when Brent McWhorter doubled home Kyle Padgett who walked earlier, but the Monarchs matched the Tribe's run with one in the fifth to up the lead to 6-3, which was the final. ODU starter Bryan Hansen ran his record to 3-4 after allowing three runs, one earned, on four hits in four innings of work.
Senior James Burok picked up his fourth save of the year after working one-third of an inning.
Game two started just like the first as W&M grabbed the early lead as it manufactured a run in the first. Jon Rhymes ripped a leadoff triple and scored on a sacrifice fly to right by McWhorter to open a 1-0 lead. The advantage grew to 3-0 as the College tacked on two more in the fourth. Will Rhymes drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a single up the middle by Jeff Lunardi. After walk to Terry Revere loaded the bases, freshman Greg Maliniak brought home Rhymes and Lunardi with a double down the rightfield line.
ODU trimmed the lead to 3-1 in the fifth as Eric Mesa doubled home Justin Gregula, who reached on a fielder's choice. The score remained 3-1 until the seventh when the Monarchs tied the game at three. Tribe starter Joe Kantakevich retired the first two batters of the inning before Justin Gregula homered to left to cut the lead to 3-2, which was followed by a single by C.J. Jacinto. Jacinto then advanced to third when Kantakevich's pickoff attempt sailed into rightfield, and he scored on Mesa's single to left to knot the game at three.
Tied at three, W&M scored the winning run in the eighth as Will Rhymes led off with a single to right, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Lunardi, and scored on Sexton's single to left to give W&M a 4-3 lead. W&M reliever Pete Vernon worked a perfect ninth to pick up the win as he improved to 3-0 on the year. Burok fell to 3-3 in the loss after allowing the winning run.
The Monarchs play the Norfolk Tides Tuesday night in the annual Bank of the Commonwealth Classic. Gametime is 7:15 pm in Harbor Park.