April 6, 2013
HARRISONBURG, VA--ODU freshman centerfielder Connor Myers (Middletown,MD.) knocked in three runs and third baseman Jordan Negrini (Kihei, Hawaii) knocked in two as the Monarchs (15-14/6-8) defeated James Madison, 6-5 Saturday night at the Dukes Eagle Field. JMU drops to 14-15/6-7 as the Monarchs win the series.
Negrini put ODU up early with a run scoring single in the first inning, plating Josh Eldridge(Lorton, VA.). In the fifth, with the bases loaded Myers tripled home Michael Perez (Fairfax Station, VA.), Tyler Urps (Wilton, CA.) and Brian Bashara (Norfolk, Va.) . Myers then scored on Eldridge's sacrifice fly to give ODU a 5-0 lead. ODU added one more run in the sixth on Negrini's RBI single that scored Josiah Burney (Gloucester, VA.).
The Monarchs junior lefthander Andy Roberts (Prescott, AZ) held JMU hitless until Chad Carroll beat out a leadoff bunt single in the fifth inning. Later in that inninf with the bases loaded, Tyler Duke and Johnny Bladel both walked to force home runs and cut ODU's lead to 5-2.
In the eighth inning, JMU added three more runs on an RBI double by Ty McFarland and a two-run double by Chad Carroll to make the score 6-5. ODU's junior righthanded reliever Brad Gero (Lakeland, FL) pitched the last 1.1 innings for his first save of the season.
Burney led ODU with three hits on the night, while Negrini had two hits. JMU was led by Chad Carroll with three of their seven team hits. The third and final game of the series is Sunday at 2 p.m.
ODU 100 041 000 =6-8-1
JMU 000 020 030 =5-7-1
ODU - Roberts, Josephs(6), Gero (8) and Perez
JMU - Howerton, garner(6), Drayer (8), Cundiff(9) and San Martin
WP: Roberts (2-2) LP: Howerton(3-2) Save: Gero (1)