Baseball hosts LA Tech’s runner-up for weekend set
Old Dominion (28-10, 10-8 C-USA) vs. LA Tech (28-14, 12-6 C-USA)
Location – Bud Metheny Ballpark (Norfolk, Virginia)
Game 1 – Friday, April 29 at 6 p.m.
Game 2 – Saturday April 30 at 3 p.m.
Game 3 – Sunday, May 1 at noon
To follow – ESPN+ (Friday) | CUSA.tv (Saturday and Sunday) | ODU Sports Radio Network (Friday) | Live statistics
NORFOLK, Virginia – The Old Dominion baseball team continues a crucial streak of conference play this weekend when it hosts second-place LA Tech for three games. Friday’s contest is scheduled for 6 p.m. and is live on ESPN+ and Money Talk 1310 AM 100.9 FM and 97.3 HD2. Saturday’s game begins at 3 p.m. with a noon final on Sunday. The final two games of the series are broadcast live on CUSA.tv.
Around the Horn
The Monarchs won the first two games of their weekend series with Florida Atlantic. Blake Morgan pitched six innings to four hits with three strikeouts before moving to Pete Nielsen and Connor Muly in a 14-0 victory on Friday. ODU then scored nine unanswered runs and received home runs from Robbie Petracci, Carter Trice, Matt Couney and Andy Garriola in an 11-7 victory on Saturday. Coutney then hit two more homers in Sunday’s loss to set the single-season program record.
The Monarchs have four of the top 10 home hitters in the conference and three of the top 20 in the nation. Coutney is tied for the Division I lead with 21, Garriola is seventh with 18 and Trice is 20th in the nation with 15. Petracci’s 10 homers are good for 10th in C-USA. The batting quartet ranks in the top five in the conference in slugging, with Coutney ranking fourth in the nation (.869).
Garriola (58, fifth) and Coutney (54, 10) are both top-10 in the conference in hits. Garriola leads C-USA and is fifth nationally with 61 RBIs.
Morgan (4-0) is the Division I leader in ERA (0.70). He hasn’t allowed a run in 17 innings since moving to the weekend rotation. Nick Pantos (6-0, 3.20 ERA) will start in his usual Saturday role. He leads the Monarchs with 58 strikeouts. Sunday’s starter not yet determined
LA Tech Scouting
The Bulldogs arrive in Norfolk having lost three of their last four fights. LA Tech lost two of three to Middle Tennessee over the weekend and lost 8-7 at Little Rock on Wednesday.
The Bulldogs are fourth in the conference in runs (7.2), third in hits allowed in nine innings (8.13) and fourth in home runs (53). Additionally, LA Tech ranks ninth in the nation in strikeouts ratio (3.40), 29th in strikeouts per nine innings (10.1) and eighth in walks allowed per nine innings (2.99). .
Taylor Young leads the team in average (.348), runs (55) and stolen bases (16) and is tied for third with seven homers. Steele Netterville leads LA Tech with 11 home runs. Cole McConnell is the RBI leader with 52.
Cade Gibson (4-2, 3.88 ERA) is expected to start on Friday. He leads the team in innings (58.0) and strikeouts (70). Ryan Jennings (3-1, 4.73 ERA) will follow on Saturday. Sunday’s starter has not been announced.
The Monarchs hit the road for a weekend series with the No. 4 Southern Miss.
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