O'Brien Homer Sparks Tech
    Freshman puts Hokies ahead for good in 8-5 win over Towson
    March 14, 2004

    BLACKSBURG, Va. - Freshman Sean O'Brien's three-run homer put Virginia Tech ahead for good as the Hokies downed Towson University 8-5 Sunday at English Field to complete a three-game weekend sweep of the Tigers.

    As in each of the previous two games during the weekend, Towson took an early lead, scoring twice in the first inning on three hits and a pair of Tech errors. An RBI-single by shortstop Brian McKenna brought home the Tigers' first run of the inning, while the second run scored on the second of Tech's two errors.

    Tech tied the game with runs in the first and second innings, and took the lead when right fielder O'Brien (Chappaqua, N.Y.) hit his second homer of the season with two on in the third. The Hokies added three more runs in the fourth inning, with the last two scoring on a single by catcher Jed English (Alexandria, Va.).

    Tech, which improved to 8-4 on the season with the victory, got seven innings from starting pitcher Ryan Kennedy (Punta Gorda, Fla.). The sophomore left-hander allowed eight hits and four runs (three earned) on the way to his third win against one loss. He struck out six batters and walked two.

    Sophomore center fielder Sheldon Adams (Big Stone Gap, Va.) led Tech's 15-hit attack with three hits in four at bats. O'Brien finished the game 2-for-3 with three runs batted in, two runs scored and a walk. The Hokies also got two hits each from English, designated hitter Wyatt Toregas (Ashburn, Va.) and left fielder Matt Kalish (Miami, Fla.).

    Towson (5-7) got two hits and two runs batted in from McKenna and two hits and two runs scored from designated hitter Casper Wells. Starting pitcher Joe Peeler (2-1) worked three innings and took the loss for the Tigers.

    Tech is scheduled to return to action Tuesday when Wake Forest visits Blacksburg for a 3 p.m. game.

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