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Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander Leads Lineup of ODU Hall of Fame Inductees

The 2012 Old Dominion University Sports Hall of Fame induction class features a Cy Young Award winner, a field hockey All-American, a two-time All-American soccer player, an all-conference baseball player, and a standout scholar athlete and basketball player.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, during Homecoming Weekend. This year's inductees are Justin Verlander (baseball), Angie Loy (field hockey), Attila Vendegh (soccer), Nick Boothe (baseball) and Kevin Larkin (basketball). Tickets for the luncheon are $25 and are available by calling 3-3359.

Verlander is the all-time strikeout king in ODU, CAA and commonwealth of Virginia history with 427 strikeouts in 335.2 innings. The three-time All-CAA selection was an ABCA Coaches freshman All-American and Collegiate Baseball honorable mention All-American. He struck out 17 batters against JMU twice in 2002 and 2004 and also fanned 16 against VCU in 2004. He pitched for Team USA in the 2003 Pan Am games and was a finalist for the Roger Clemons National Pitcher of the Year award.

The 2004 ODU Alumni Association's Male Athlete of the Year was the second overall pick in the 2004 Major League Baseball draft by the Detroit Tigers. Since then Verlander, who has thrown two no-hitters thus far, was a unanimous choice for the American League Cy Young Award, a four-time All-Star and last year was named the American League's Most Valuable Player.

Larkin got it done both on and off the basketball court. In 1994, he led the CAA in steals with a 2.1 per game average. The 6-4 guard also averaged 6.2 rebounds per game. In addition, he dished out 150 assists to go along with an 8.0 point per game average. In Larkin's last two seasons, ODU won 42 games and reached the second round of the NIT both years.

He was named to the CAA's All-Defensive squad in 1994 and was the ODU Alumni Association's Male Athlete of the Year. That same year, he was named a third team CoSIDA Academic All-American and was awarded the prestigious Kaufman Award by the university. Larkin graduated with a 3.74 grade point average in business finance and currently works for Bank of America.

Loy-Reisinger was a two-time NFHCA Field Hockey first team All-American. She completed her career with 77 goals and 56 assists. At the time, she was fourth all-time in ODU history with 210 career points. In the fall of 2003, Loy was named CAA Player of the Year, Team MVP and the ODU Alumni Association's Female Athlete of the Year after scoring 24 goals, 21 assists and 69 total points.

Loy also was a starter for Team USA and was an outstanding student-athlete, earning national academic honors from the NFHCA three successive years. She lives in her hometown of Loysville, Pa.

Possibly the most prolific scorer in ODU soccer history, Attila Vendegh was a two-time third team All-American, as selected by the NSCAA and College Soccer News. He was also a two-time CAA Player of the Year in 2001 and 2003, and four-time first team All-CAA selection. Vendegh completed his career as ODU's all-time leading scorer with 56 goals, 22 assists and 134 career points.

He to also took care of business off the field, earning the 2003 CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and being named a 2002 CoSIDA Academic All-American. The 2003 team was 15-4-1 and reached the second round of the NCAA College Cup. The 2000 CAA Rookie of the Year graduated with a degree in international business and currently lives in his native country of Slovakia, where he is a marketing director with Scania Central Europe, a Swedish truck manufacturer.

Boothe was a major cog in the Monarchs' school record 50-11 season in 1985. He helped lead the team to the Sun Belt Conference title and a berth in the NCAA regional. Boothe drove in 68 runs in 1983 and 76 runs In 1985, which still rank as No. 3 and 4 all-time bests in ODU history. He hit .364 in 1983 and still shares the single-game home run record with three against Charlotte on April 6, 1985. He was named All-Sun Belt Conference both in 1984 as a catcher and 1985 as an outfielder, and was the team MVP in 1984.

Boothe is currently the head baseball coach at Virginia Wesleyan College, where he ranks 26th nationally with 586 career wins and is the only Old Dominion Athletic Conference coach to be named Coach of the Year six times. Boothe joins his wife, Olympian and ODU field hockey great Yogi Hightower Boothe, in the ODU Hall of Fame.

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