Hokies Sweep Double-Header
Biber, Londrey lead the way
March 15, 2003 BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech broke a three-game baseball losing streak by sweeping a Saturday double-header from Cornell University at English Field. Tech won the seven-inning first game by a score of 3-1, then took the nine-inning nightcap 8-2. Junior pitcher Josh Biber (Succasunna, N.J.) allowed just four hits and an unearned run in the first game to pick up his third win of the season without a loss. The Hokie right-hander struck out two batters and walked one before turning things over to reliever Matt Dalton (Monroeville, Pa.). Dalton retired all three batters he faced in the seventh inning to earn his fourth save of the year. Tech (8-6) gave Biber a quick two-run lead thanks to an RBI-single by right fielder Matt Kalish (Miami, Fla.) and a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Wyatt Toregas (Ashburn, Va.) in the first inning. Cornell responded with a run in the top of the second, but the Hokies got it right back on a run-scoring double by shortstop Spencer Harris (Louisa, Ky.) in the bottom of the inning. From there on, the game was a pitchers' duel with neither team managing to get a runner past first base. Cornell had just three base runners over the final five innings. Two of those runners were erased on double plays and the other was picked off base. Big Red starting pitcher David Sharfstein (0-2) allowed just two Tech base runners after Harris' double. Both were thrown out attempting to steal second base. Redshirt freshman catcher David Londrey (Richmond, Va.) sparked Tech's win in the second game with a 3-for-5 outing that featured three runs batted in and a pair of doubles. After Tech scored a first-inning run on a Cornell throwing error, Londrey produced run-scoring doubles in both the second and fourth innings to put Tech up 3-0. He added an RBI-single in the seventh inning after the Big Red pulled to within two runs at 4-2. Tech clinched the game with three runs in the eighth inning. The runs scored on a Cornell error, a wild pitch and a single by first baseman Chris Winterfeldt (Lynchburg, Va.). Freshman pitcher M.J. Hurley (Wilmington, N.C.) started and worked five innings for Tech to pick up his first collegiate win and even his record at 1-1. Ryan Kennedy, a redshirt freshman left-hander from Punta Gorda, Fla., relieved Hurley with no outs in the sixth and pitched the final four innings. Kennedy struck out five and did not walk a batter on the way to his first save. Tech's next game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., Tuesday against East Tennessee State at English Field.