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April 4, 2013

NORFOLK, VA-- The ODU Baseball Monarchs hit the road to Harrisonburg, VA. for a three-game Conference series with the Dukes of JMU. Friday and Saturday's games will start at 6:30 pm. and on Sunday the first pitch will be 2 p.m. Listen to Friday and Saturday night's games live on STAR1310 AM with ODU Director of Broadcasting Ted Alexander along with Doug Ripley.

The Dukes (41-13/6-5) rank third in the CAA with a team batting average of .320, led by Ty McFarland with a .381 batting average and Chad Carroll with a .385 average. McFarland and Matt Tenaglia both have 26 RBI's, while Tenaglia, Johnny Bladel and McFarland rank in the top four of the CAA in runs scored.

JMU is scheduled to throw three righthanders against ODU this weekend. On Friday, Chris Huffman (1-2/4.56 ERA) will start, followed by Michael Howerton (3-1/4.70 ERA) on Saturday and Patrick Toohers (2-4/ 7.75) on Sunday.

The Monarchs will go with Dean Ali (1-2/1.98) on Friday, followed by lefthander Andy Roberts (1-2/ 2.70) on Saturday and lefthander Ryan Yarbrough (1-3/4.87 ERA) on Sunday.

The Monarchs are again led in hitting by junior outfielder Ben Verlander at .398 with a CAA best eight homers and 16 RBI. Designated hitter Ben Slaton is at .306 with 16 RBI, while freshmen Connor Myers is hitting .281. Sophomore Josh Eldridge is hitting .269 with a team best 21 RBI.

Junior Dean Ali is third in the CAA with a 1.98 ERA and Andy Roberts ranks ninth in the league at 2.70. Ali ranks seventh in the CAA with 37 strikeouts for an 8.03 strikeout average per nine innings.

Senior Brandon Smith remains tied with W&M's Mitchell Aker with five saves and 15 total appearances.

The Monarchs lead the series, 55-50-1. Last year, JMU won two of three in Norfolk. ODU won two of three at JMU in 2011.

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