Hempstead, NY - Jared Hammer's eighth inning single drove in two runs to give the Pride a 5-4 lead and Jeff Guthridge pitched a perfect ninth for the save as Hofstra knocked off second-place Old Dominion in the opener of a three-game series. Hammer finished the game two-for-four with three RBIs.

Hofstra improves to 14-31 on the season, 11-17 in the CAA. Old Dominion falls to 27-23, 18-10 in league play.

The Monarchs scored three runs in the third inning against Hofstra starter David D'Errico, all with two outs. Brandon Shelton started the two-out rally with a single and Brent Frazier was hit by a pitch. Josh Wright then tripled to the right center field fence to score two runs and when the relay throw got away in the infield, Wright trotted home with the third run.

The Pride would get on the board in the fourth as Joe Perez turned on a Kyle Hald offering and deposited it over the left field fence for his team-best ninth home run of the year to make it 3-1. Hofstra got another run in the sixth as Dylan Nasiatka led off with a single up the middle and went to second on a sacrifice. After a pop out, Hammer singled to center to plate Nasiatka and pull Hofstra to within one at 3-2.

But ODU tacked on an insurance run in the top of the eighth as Frazier led off with a double. After Wright was intentionally walked, Christ Baker hit into a 3-6-1 double play that moved Frazier to third. After a walk put runners on the corners, Joey Burney singled to make it a 4-2 game and end D'Errico's afternoon. Andrew Barbarino escaped any further damage and set the stage for a dramatic bottom of the eighth.

Reliever Dean Ali started the inning in place of Hald, who went seven innings and allowed four hits with six strikeouts. Ali walked Nasiatka to lead off the inning and then gave up a double to Matt Reistetter to put men on second and third. Danny Poma knocked a single to left to score Nasiatka and send Reistetter to third. After Poma stole second, Hammer singled to right to score the tying and go-ahead runs.

Guthridge, Hofstra's closer, came on in the ninth and got three ground ball outs to earn his fifth save of the season. Barbarino, who threw one pitch, picked up the win to improve to 2-1 on the year. D'Errico went 7 2/3 and allowed nine hits, four runs (three earned) and struck out a career-high eight batters.

Ali took the loss for Old Dominion to fall to 0-3.

Nasiatka also had two hits for the Pride and scored two runs. Shelton, Wright and Burney all had two hits for the Monarchs.

The two teams will meet again Saturday in a doubleheader scheduled for 11 a.m. At 10:40 a.m., Hofstra will honor its four graduating seniors (Scott A'Hara, Jeff Guthridge, Sean Monaghan and Rob Kumbatovic) with a pregame ceremony.