NORFOLK, go. (ODUSports.com) – No. The 25 Old Dominion baseball team took down No. 15 Charlotte to open the four-game series at the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex on Friday afternoon. Kyle kamp knocked in a team-high three RBIs, highlighted by two home runs and a double.
“Offensively, Battle is the hero today with a big day,” ODU head coach Chris Finwood so. “What the guys did best was get one race in the sixth, seventh and eighth to turn a 5-3 game into an 8-3 game. Two of those races were with two outs. It was just a good day. “
ODU opened the scoring immediately with a Battle solo home run to lead the first half.
The Monarchs (29-10, 15-6 C-USA) extended the lead with a three-place finish in the second half. Brock Gagliardi led off with a double, and Robbie petracci delivered a two-run home run to set ODU up, 3-0. Match knocked in Tommy bell with a sacrificial plane to shut out others with a 4-0 lead over the 49ers.
Charlotte (30-12, 17-4 C-USA) came on the board with one race in the fourth round, but the monarchs responded at the bottom of the fourth and asked for a race of one Andy Garriola RBI single.
The 49ers took back two races in the fifth lap to make it 5-3.
ODU added a trio of insurance races in the sixth, seventh and eighth rounds for an 8-3 game.
“I thought we hit very well,” Finwood said. “Tommy gertner got us into the game and did a great job. Gomez and Hartline threw five closing rounds to complete it for us. Gomez came in when Charlotte got up to speed. He was able to knock two boys out, which allowed us to get it back. “
On the ground, Gomez earned his fourth win of the season. The newcomer struck four strikes in 2.2 rounds of relief work. Gertner made his 10thth start, runs 4.0 laps, allows only one run and fan four strokes. Hartline made a team height of 17th appearance on the mound, throw 2.0 innings to close the game, and knock out two.
On the plate, Battle went 3-for-3, and notch 13th season home run. Glen Allen, Virginia, is now in the top five of ODU’s record list for the entire season. Garriola, Gagliardi and Bell all had multi-hit performances on Friday.
ODU and the 49ers will be back in action for a twin bill on Saturday in Bud, starting at 14.00