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Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

HOUSTON, Texas – Justin Verlander, the former Old Dominion University standout, has made 434 regular season appearances during his illustrious Major League career. He’s never recorded more strikeouts in a single game than he did Wednesday.

Against the Milwaukee Brewers, Verlander struck out 15 batters in seven innings. He did not issue a walk, but did surrender three home runs – all solo shots.

Verlander did not earn a decision in Houston’s extra-innings loss. According to Sarah Langs, it’s just the 15th time since 1908 a pitcher has recorded 15+ strikeouts without allowing a walk and not earned the win. His 2019 season stats: 9-and-2 record, 2.31 ERA and 110 strikeouts.

At ODU, Verlander pitched in 46 games for the Monarchs from 2002 to 2004, starting all 46. He won 21 career games and is the all-time strikeout king in ODU, the Colonial Athletic Association and the Commonwealth of Virginia history with 427 in only 335.2 innings of work for an average of 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings.

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