Norfolk, VA - Hofstra jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings and went on to take a 9-5 victory over Old Dominion Friday night at the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex.
Hofstra improves to 9-10 overall and 5-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association. The victory was Hofstra's fifth consecutive league win. Old Dominion falls to 8-13 and 1-3 in league action.
The Pride scored four times in the first inning with Kenny Jackson knocking in the first two runs with a double, while T.J. Thomas also had a run-scoring two-base hit as well. Hofstra extended to a 6-0 lead in the second as Taylor Stuart delivered a two-run single that scored Danny Poma and Austin Nyman.
Old Dominion kept Hofstra off the scoreboard for the next five innings but could not breakthrough on the scoreboard. The Pride then pushed three more runs across in the eighth with Kevin Flynn delivering a two-run triple. Flynn would then score on the back end of a double steal to make it a 9-0 game.
The Monarchs scored one run in the eighth when Josh Tutwiler had an RBI double and then scored four times in the ninth on a Chris Baker grand slam, but Dave Jesch came on to get the final out for the Pride.
Flynn finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while Jared Hammer also had two hits. Jackson and Stuart both had a hit and two RBIs. Andrew Barbarino picked up the win in relief of starter David D'Errico, who left after four innings. Barbarino (1-1) went three innings and allowed two hits and a walk with one strikeout.
Hofstra, the national leader in stolen bases per game at 3.35, stole six more bases this evening in six attempts. Poma and Nyman each recorded two stolen bases in the contest.
ODU starter Greg Tomchick lasted 1 1/3 innings and allowed four hits and six runs to fall to 0-2 on the year.
Baker and Tutwiler both had two hits to pace the Monarch's offense.
The series continues Saturday at 3 p.m.