VMI baseball will return to action Tuesday, when the Keydets open a two-game midweek series against the Old Dominion Monarchs in Norfolk. First pitch Tuesday is set for 6 p.m, and the Wednesday contest is scheduled for a 3 p.m. first pitch.
How to Follow
Fans can follow along with the action via ODU video streams, available at the link to the left of this article for a small fee. There will also be live stats and periodic updates via the @VMIbaseco Twitter page.
There is a 50% chance of rain in Norfolk Tuesday, but that chance gradually decreases throughout the day and is at 20% by game time. It will be cloudy, cool and likely in the mid-40's at first pitch. Wednesday's high will only reach 39 degrees, but there is a 0% chance of precipitation.
Single-game tickets are available at the gate for cash only.
Probable Starting Pitchers
Tuesday: VMI RHP Zak Kent vs. ODU RHP Joe Strzelecki
Wednesday: Neither team has announced a starting pitcher for Wednesday.
First Words - Game Notes
This will be just VMI's second midweek game of the season thus far, following the Feb. 21 loss at #13 UVA. VMI had a March 1 game against William & Mary rained out - but the Keydets are scheduled to play two midweek games each of the next four weeks. Five of the first six of those will be on the road.
Tuesday's game starts a stretch during which the Keydets will play 11 of 12 away from Gray-Minor Stadium.
VMI will be looking for its first win at ODU since a 7-3 win on April 2, 2008.
Center fielder Will Malbon continued his scalding hot tear at the plate this past weekend against Quinnipiac, going 7 for 14 (.500) in the Keydets' series win. He had four hits, including three doubles in VMI's win Saturday, becoming the first Keydet since 2013 to have three doubles in the same game, and posted 10 total bases. Malbon slugged .714 and had a .533 on-base percentage in VMI's three games. Since going 0 for 11 to start the season, Malbon is hitting .526 (20 for 38).
In large part because of Malbon's recent excellence, the player that takes the field to his left has gone largely unnoticed. Right fielder Tyler Tharp is the only player to rank in the SoCon's top five in batting average (3rd, .423), slugging percentage (2nd, .788) and on-base percentage (2nd, .531) at the conclusion of Sunday's games.
Next Time Out
VMI opens a series at Elon Friday at 4 p.m.