Cornell Hands Tech Loss
Schedule change calls for double-header on Saturday
March 14, 2003

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Cornell University handed Virginia Tech its third-straight baseball loss with a 5-3 win over the Hokies at English Field on Friday. The victory was the first of the season for the Big Red (1-3). Tech, which opened the season with a 5-1 record on the road, is now 6-6 on the season after losing five of its first six home games.

A schedule change now calls for the two teams to complete their three-game series with a double-header on Saturday instead of single games on both Saturday and Sunday. Tech and Cornell will play a seven-inning game beginning at noon, followed by a nine-inning contest.

Friday's series opener saw Tech take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when third baseman Chris Stanton (Centreville, Va.) led off with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by second baseman Marc Tugwell (Springfield, Va.). Cornell answered with a three-run second inning that was highlighted by catcher Matt Goodson's two-run single. CU increased its lead to 4-1 on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Dan Parant in the fifth.

Tech slashed that lead to 4-3 on a two-run single by right fielder Matt Kalish (Miami, Fla.) in the bottom of the fifth. The Hokies were unable to recover, however, from a crucial insurance run produced by Cornell first baseman Michael Weiss' single in the top of the ninth inning.

Cornell relief pitcher Luke Staskal hit the first two Tech batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Chris Schutt came on for the Big Red to strand the runners and earn his first save of the season. Cornell starting pitcher Dan Baysinger (1-1) got the win with seven innings of work.

Tech starter Jeff Landing (0-1) pitched eight innings in the loss. Stanton, Kalish and shortstop Spencer Harris (Louisa, Ky.) finished with two hits each for the Hokies.