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Old Dominion baseball hosts Norfolk State in season opener

Old Dominion head baseball coach Chris Finwood signs four-year contract extension
Posted at 8:40 AM, Feb 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-20 08:41:06-05

NORFOLK, Va. – ODU baseball is back at the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex to host Norfolk State in a four-game series beginning Saturday. First pitch on Saturday is scheduled for 1 p.m., followed by a 2 p.m. start on Sunday, a 2 p.m. start on Tuesday and first pitch on Wednesday at 2 p.m.

The Monarchs rotation, comprised of junior RHP Hunter Gregory, junior RHP Ryne Moore and junior RHP Nick Pantos, had 70 strikeouts in over 63 innings pitched in the shortened 2020 season. The trio had a combined 6-2 record prior to the season being cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Head coach Chris Finwood's Monarchs finished the 2020 season with a 12-4 mark, including an 11-3 record at the Bud. Gregory was tabbed to the Preseason All-Conference USA team. As a team, ODU was picked to finish second in the C-USA East preseason standings.

The Extra Finnings Podcast is back for the 2021 season, which features an in depth look at the ODU baseball program. It can be heard, here [odusports.com].

About the Spartans

Prior to the 2020 season being cut short, NSU visited the Bud, defeating the Monarchs, 8-4, closing out the season with a 3-13 overall mark. The Spartans were selected to win the Northern Division of the MEAC and Alsander Womack was tabbed Preseason MEAC Player of the Year. Head coach Keith Shumate enters his fourth season at the helm of the Spartan program, having compiled a 72-91 record.

Series History: ODU leads, 36-9.