Tech Takes High Point
Tugwell, Kennedy pace Hokies' 6-2 win
March 1, 2003

HIGH POINT, N.C. - The hitting of Marc Tugwell and the pitching of Ryan Kennedy sparked Virginia Tech to a 6-2 baseball victory against High Point University at Erath Field on Saturday.

Tugwell (Springfield, Va.) collected three hits in the game, including a first-inning double that scored the Hokies' first run. The senior second baseman added a two-run single in the second inning, then singled and scored on center fielder Brad Bauder's double in the fourth inning.

Kennedy (Punta Gorda, Fla.) pitched seven full innings in his first collegiate start. The redshirt freshman left-hander, who transfer from the University of Florida in January, scattered seven hits and allowed his only run in the seventh inning. He struck out three batters and walked just one.

Tech (2-1) built a 6-0 lead for Kennedy before High Point scored. Senior catcher Jed English (Alexandria, Va.) joined Tugwell with a run-scoring double in the first inning. The Hokies got their final run in the top of the seventh when sophomore right fielder Matt Kalish (Miami, Fla.) singled, moved to third on a single by freshman left fielder Sheldon Adams (Big Stone Gap, Va.) and scored while the Panthers turned a double play.

High Point, which fell to 3-7, got its seventh-inning run on a two-out, RBI-single by shortstop Colin Cronin. The Panthers scored a run off Tech reliever Nicky Bowers (Stuart, Va.) in the eighth inning when center fielder Nick Thompson followed a pair of walks with a run-scoring single. Matt Dalton (Monroeville, Pa.) pitched a scoreless ninth inning for Tech.

Tugwell finished the game 3-for-5 with three runs batted in and a run scored. Bauder contributed a pair of doubles in three at bats and Kalish also enjoyed a two-hit game. Adams reached base for the Hokies on each of his five trips to the plate, collecting a single and four walks.

Thompson, catcher Mike Bruschuk and left-fielder Matt Gorman each contributed two hits to the Panthers' eight-hit total. High Point starting pitcher Matt Kniginyzky (0-3) lasted just four innings and took the loss.

Tech and High Point are scheduled to meet again Sunday at 1 p.m.