High Point Downs Hokies
Tech now stands 6-5 on the season
March 12, 2003

BLACKSBURG, Va. - A five-run second inning sparked High Point University to a 7-5 baseball victory over Virginia Tech at English Field on Wednesday.

High Point collected five hits and took advantage of two Tech errors in posting its five-run inning. The Panthers got three of their runs on RBI-singles by catcher Jayson Hoffman, designated hitter Mark Shorey and second baseman Rey Rojas. The other two runs came on a balk and a Tech fielding error.

Tech (6-5) fell behind 6-1 before starting to chip away at the Panthers' lead. A run-scoring single by second baseman Marc Tugwell (Springfield, Va.) and a run-producing ground-out by designated hitter Wyatt Toregas (Ashburn, Va.) gave the Hokies two runs in the sixth inning. Another RBI-single by Tugwell cut High Point's lead to 6-4 in the sixth, and left fielder Philip Beall's single in the seventh pulled Tech within a run.

High Point relief pitcher Travis Motsinger retired Tech in order in the eighth inning, then Rojas provided a key insurance run with a single in the top of the ninth. Motsinger, who entered the game with two outs in the sixth inning, closed the door on the Hokies in the bottom of the ninth to give the Panthers their seventh win against 10 losses. Reliever John Antignano (1-0) picked up the win, with Motsinger earning his second save of the year.

Tech starting pitcher Brett Cory (Midlothian, Va.) worked just 1 2/3 innings in falling to 0-1. The Hokies, who won two games at High Point earlier in the season, finished with 10 hits, including two each by Tugwell, third baseman Chris Stanton (Centreville, Va.) and first baseman David McDonald (Phoenix, Ariz.).

High Point banged out 15 hits on the day, the most against the Hokies during their first 11 games. Rojas led the way with three singles and two RBIs in five trips to the plate.