March 16, 2003
Durham, N.C.- Sophomore righthander Justin Verlander pitched a complete-game five hitter to lead Old Dominion to a 2-1 win over Oklahoma State in baseball action Sunday afternoon at Durham Bulls Park.
Verlander, a preseason All-American, allowed just one run and walked two with nine strikeouts to improve to 4-3 on the year. It was his third complete game in six starts on the year.
Old Dominion is now 6-12 overall while Oklahoma State falls to 11-7.
The Monarchs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning off of Cowboy starter Spencer Grogan. Designated hitter Evan Chapman opened the game with a double and scored on a single by second baseman Allen Strick. Strick scored later in the inning on a fielder's choice.
The Pokes had runners at third with less than an out in the sixth and eighth innings but failed to convert. For the game, Oklahoma State stranded eight base runners.
Grogan (1-2) settled down after the two-run first and blanked ODU for the next five innings. He scattered seven hits over six innings and struck out four with no walks, but took the hard luck loss.
Oklahoma State will be back in action tomorrow at 2 p.m. CT against Duke in the fourth game of the five game North Carolina trip.