Hokies Win Opener
Tech breaks tie in the eighth inning for 6-4 win at Campbell
February 14, 2003

BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Jed English's run-scoring single in the top of the eighth inning broke a 4-4 tie and sparked Virginia Tech to a 6-4 season-opening victory over Campbell University at Taylor Field on Friday.

Campbell (1-3) tied the game with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning only to see the Hokies regain the lead for good in the eighth. Tech center fielder Brad Bauder (Ashburn, Va.) opened the inning with a single off Fighting Camels' reliever Joey Babyak. Hokie second baseman Marc Tugwell (Springfield, Va.) then sacrificed Bauder to second base and English (Alexandria, Va.) delivered his clutch single.

The homestanding Camels opened the game with a run in the first inning on first baseman Josh Cotton's RBI-single. The game quickly turned into a pitching duel between Tech starter Jeff Landing (Jamestown, N.C.) and CU starter Jeff Stovall.

Campbell held to its 1-0 advantage until the top of the sixth inning when Tech struck for four runs. Sophomore third baseman Chris Stanton (Centreville, Va.) started the inning with a walk and moved to third on a CU throwing error. With one out, right fielder Wyatt Toregas (Ashburn, Va.) belted a home run to left field, putting the Hokies up 2-1. Following a two-out single by Tugwell and walks to senior catcher English and freshman left fielder Philip Beall (Dumfries, Va.), freshman designated hitter Joe Daly (Danville, Va.) delivered a two-run single.

Landing retired 10 batters in a row before giving up a lead-off home run to CU third baseman Derek Barrows in the seventh. After a single and a double put Camel runners at second and third with one out, Landing gave way to freshman reliever Nicky Bowers (Stuart, Va.). Campbell pinch-hitter Kyle Ellenz tied the game with a two-run single with two outs in the inning.

After English gave Tech the lead in the eighth, Toregas provided a key insurance run with an RBI-double with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. Senior closer Matt Dalton (Monroeville, Pa.) came on for Tech in the bottom of the ninth to earn a save and nail down the win for Bowers.

Toregas finished the game 3-for-5 with three runs batted in and one scored. Tugwell added two hits in three at bats and stole two bases.

Tech and Campbell are scheduled to meet again on Saturday at 2 p.m.