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Old Dominion opens last regular-season baseball series with victory at Georgia State



A three-run home run by Maverick Stallings in the top of the sixth inning propelled Old Dominion to a 6-4 series-opening win at Georgia State on Thursday evening in Atlanta.

Trailing 3-2, Steven Meier drew a one-out walk and advanced to second on an Evan Holman single back to the pitcher. Meier was then called out on the field trying to steal third base, but the Monarchs (28-23, 14-14 Sun Belt) challenged the ruling, which was overturned. Stallings then connected on a 3-2 pitch, belting it over the wall in left for his third home run in the last two games.

The Panthers (24-30, 12-16) got a run back with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth to trim the ODU lead to 5-4. In the eighth, Holman led off with a double down the left-field line, moved to third on a wild pitch and came around as TJ Aiken grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.

ODU reliever Vincent Bashara, who entered the game in the seventh inning, retired nine in a row to help secure the victory.

Friday’s game, originally scheduled for 6 p.m., was moved to a noon start due to expected thunderstorms later in the day.

James Madison 14, Troy 10: Junior Fenwick Trimble, a Cox High graduate, matched his career-high in hits, going 4 for 5 with a double, a homer, three runs scored and three RBIs as the Dukes (31-20, 16-12 Sun Belt) won a series opener over the Trojans (35-19, 17-11) in Alabama.

Another JMU junior, former Peninsula Pilot Todd Mozoki, improved to 5-1 on the year behind four-plus innings of one-run ball, giving up one hit and striking out three. JMU is believed to be in the running for an NCAA at-large berth, and this series is crucial for the Dukes.

No. 18 Virginia 7, Virginia Tech 3: Starting pitcher Evan Blanco did not allow an earned run over 7 1/3 innings as UVA (38-14, 16-12 ACC) won a series opener against the Hokies (32-18, 14-14) in Charlottesville.

Coach Brian O’Connor collected his 360th ACC win, surpassing former North Carolina head coach Mike Fox for the seventh-most ACC victories in league history.

Virginia never trailed in the contest and scored five runs on homers by Eric Becker, Jacob Ference and Western Branch High graduate Harrison Didawick. The solo homer in the fifth inning by Didawick was his 20th long ball of the season. He became the third player in UVA history to hit 20 home runs in a season, joining Jake Gelof in 2022  and ’23 and Brian Buchanan in 1994.

Due to inclement weather in the forecast, the series’ Friday game was moved up to noon from 6 p.m.

Campbell 9, William & Mary 5: The Tribe (29-23, 12-13) fell to the Camels (30-21, 11-14) in a series opener in Buies Creek, North Carolina, imperiling W&M’s hopes of qualifying for the six-team Coastal Athletic Association Tournament.

Stony Brook (24-25, 12-12), W&M, Hofstra (22-30, 12-13) and Campbell are jockeying for the final two spots. The Tribe can ensure a tournament berth by winning the series’ final two games, but taking just one of the final two might not be enough.

Joe Delossantos hit RBI singles in the first and sixth innings for the Tribe, Nate Goranson was 2 for 3 with a run and Ben Parker had a double, a run and a sacrifice fly.

For Campbell, Dylan Koontz was 3 for 5 with two runsand three RBIs, Peyton Bonds was 3 for 5 with two RBIs and Chandler Riley was 2 for 2 with two runs.

W&M erased a 5-2 deficit with a three-run seventh, only to yield a run in the bottom of the seventh and three in the eighth. Carter Lovasz (1-5) took the loss.

Le Moyne 5, Norfolk State 3: Host NSU (12-39, 7-24 Northeast Conference) lost to Le Moyne (20-27, 12-18) of Syracuse, New York, in the opener of the Spartans’ final series.

A four-run fourth put the Dolphins ahead 4-0 off NSU starter Dalton Barham. In the fifth, Kydese Queen and Raphael Rodriguez singled and scored for the Spartans, cutting the deficit to 4-2.

Le Moyne scored an unearned run off reliever Joe Lafave in the seventh, and NSU’s Jalan Jones hit a solo homer in the eighth.

The Spartans will finish the season with a noon Friday doubleheader, with Senior Day festivities set for 11:30 a.m.

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