FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE
NORFOLK, VA–The 2012 Old Dominion University baseball schedule will feature 35 home games which include NCAA participants James Madison, N.C. State and East Carolina as well as a home game at War Memorial Stadium in Hampton, announced today by first year head baseball coach Chris Finwood.
“We are excited about our 2012 schedule and the amount of home games we have in particular. We really want to make an effort to defend our home field and make it a tough place for our opponents to play. With our continued facility improvements, we will also make the Bud a place where our fans can enjoy the atmosphere as well as the spirited play of our ball club. We should be able to get off to a great start with the early home schedule. We are excited about playing VMI at War Memorial Stadium in Hampton and I want to thank Henry and Hank Morgan and the Peninsula Pilots for partnering with us on this opportunity to spread the Monarch Blue to the peninsula. We will continue to work hard in the future on getting quality opponents back to Norfolk such as Virginia, NC State and ECU. We want our fans to see us compete against the best.” – ODU head baseball coach Chris Finwood.
The Monarchs will play home-and-home non-conference games with East Carolina, VMI, Richmond, Liberty, Norfolk State, and Longwood. Three-game non-conference home series will include Temple, Rutgers, Marist and Massachusetts. ODU will play NC State on April 4 at home.
ODU will play VMI on March 14 at War Memorial Stadium in Hampton, VA. ,on March 13th at the Bud Metheny Complex as well as on March 27th in Lexington, VA.
The Monarchs open the season on Feb. 17 against Temple. The first CAA home series will be March 9-11 against Delaware. ODU will play 10 CAA three-game series and host Delaware, Hofstra, James Madison, VCU and Georgia State. The CAA Tournament is scheduled for May 23-26 at a site to be determined.
Last year, the Monarchs were 30-26, finished second in the CAA and reached the league title game. ODU returns 14 lettermen from that squad, including All-CAA shortstop Josh Wright (.369 BA/12 HR/44 RBI) along with CAA All-tournament selections Brent Frazier (3b/ .279 BA) , Ben Tomchick (RHP/ 8-4/ 3.15 ERA)and CAA Scholar Athlete of the Year Phil McCarthy (9-4/ 4.05 ERA). Also returning is firstbaseman Chris Baker (.297 BA/ 10 HR/ 63 RBI), the team RBI and doubles leader along with CAA All-Rookie team selections Joey Burney (.257 BA, 8 HR/34 RBI) and reliever Dean Ali (2.86 ERA/27 APP).