no. 24 Baseball Hosts Princeton for Tuesday Tilt

no. 24 Old Dominion (9-1) vs. Princeton (0-6)
Game Info – Tuesday, March 8 at 3 pm
Game Location – Bud Metheny Ballpark (Norfolk, Va.)
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NORFOLK, Va. † The 24th-ranked Old Dominion baseball team welcomes Princeton to the Bud Metheny Ballpark for one game on Tuesday at 3 pm Wednesday’s game with the Tigers has been canceled due to the threat of inclement weather. Tuesday’s game is streaming live on CUSA.tv.

Around the Horn

The Monarchs improved to 9-1 on the season with four straight wins last week. ODU prevailed 3-1 at VCU on Tuesday behind a Kenny Levaric single and Andy Garriola triple in the sixth inning. Old Dominion then swept Bryant (1-0, 7-6, 23-7) over the weekend.

Tommy Gertner threw four innings of two-hit ball, Brett Smith tossed 1.2 innings of relief, and Jason Hartline spun three innings without allowing a hit in Friday’s win. Hartline is now 3-for-3 in save opportunities this year, has not allowed a run and has struck out 12 in 8.1 innings.

ODU jumped out to a 4-0 lead on Saturday only for Bryant to tie it up in the top of the eighth, but a Josh Trujillo single in the bottom of the inning drove home Dominick Claxton for the winning run.

The bats exploded for 23 hits and five home runs on a windy Sunday afternoon. Levari went 4-for-5 with four runs driven in, and Chris Dengler had three hits, including his first collegiate homer, with five RBIs and three runs scored.

ODU hit .312 over the past week and is batting .300 on the season. Levari is second on the team in batting (.351) and is first in hits (13) and RBIs (14). Garriola owns a team-high five home runs.

Scouting Princeton

The Tigers enter Monday with a 0-6 overall record and play Richmond on Monday afternoon. The Monarchs will be Princeton’s fourth game against a Commonwealth opponent in the last four days.

Nadir Lewis leads the team with a .500 average and has two home runs, six RBIs and five runs scored. Brendan Cumming and Matt Scannell have three RBIs apiece.

Jackson Emus is 0-1 with a 1.38 ERA and 19 strikeouts over two starts. Andrew D’Alessio has made one start on the mound, allowing one earned run over five innings.

The Series

ODU leads the all-time series 12-8 and has won six in a row over the Tigers, including a pair of games in 2019.

What’s Next

The Monarchs entertain America East preseason favorites Stony Brook this Friday through Sunday at the Bud.

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