Verlander Named CAA Rookie of The Year

May 20, 2002
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

May 20, 2002

NORFOLK, VA. - Old Dominion University freshman pitcher Justin Verlander (Goochland, VA.) has been selected CAA Rookie of the Year by the leagues coaches. The 6-4 righthander led the CAA with a 1.90 earned run average and 137 strikeouts in 113.2 innings. He was also selected CAA Pitcher of he Week, and Collegiate Baseball News National Player of the Week

Verlander fanned ten or more batters five times, including an ODU record 17 in the 2-0 victory over James Madison last Friday night. The season strikeout total is the second highest season mark in CAA and ODU history.

Verlander was involved in all four Monarchs' shutouts this season, and opponents batted just .207 against him. Of the 83 hits he gave up this season, only 15 were for extra-bases and only two of those were home runs. Verlander threw eight complete games and averaged 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings.

Verlander has been selected CAA Pitcher of the Week twice this year. The single season ODU school record for strikeouts is 138 set in 1985 by All-American and former Major Leaguer Kevin Bearse.

CAA Rookie of the Year
CAA Player of the Week: April 29 and May 20.
Record: 7-6
ERA: 1.90
Strikeouts: 137 in 113.2 innings (10.8 per 9 innings)
Top Strikeout Games:
17 vs. JMU
15 vs. Drexel
12 vs. Virginia Tech
11 vs. Princeton
10 vs. Towson