Tech Tops ETSU
Hokies collect 15 hits in 12-4 victory
March 18, 2003

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Brad Bauder and Wyatt Toregas drove in three runs apiece as Virginia Tech handed East Tennessee State a 12-4 baseball loss at English Field on Tuesday.

Tech (9-6) jumped to a quick 2-0 lead in the game on run-scoring singles by left fielder Matt Kalish (Miami, Fla.) and Toregas (Ashburn, Va.) in the first inning. East Tennessee matched that in the third inning on RBI-doubles by right fielder Jordan Abromovitz and catcher Caleb Moore, then took a 3-2 lead on a Tech throwing error in the top of the fifth.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Hokies tied the game when Toregas hit into a run-scoring fielder's choice and took the lead for good on first baseman David McDonald's RBI-double. Bauder (Ashburn, Va.) then ignited a four-run sixth inning with an RBI-triple. The senior center fielder added a single in the seventh inning and a two-run double in the eighth.

Jake Chaney (Blowing Rock, N.C.) got the pitching victory for Tech with five innings of work. The junior right-hander struck out four batters and did not issue a walk in posting his first decision of the season. Relievers Brett Cory (Midlothian, Va.) and Nicky Bowers (Stuart, Va.) held ETSU to three hits and one run over the final four innings.

Bauder finished the game 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored. The Hokies also got three hits from third baseman Chris Stanton (Centreville, Va.) and two each from Kalish, catcher David Londrey (Richmond, Va.) and shortstop Spencer Harris (Louisa, Ky.).

East Tennessee State, now 7-12 on the season, got two hits from Abromovitz. Bucs' starting pitcher Jeremy Hall (0-2) took the loss.

Tech is scheduled to travel to Harrisonburg, Va., for a 2:30 p.m., game with James Madison on Wednesday.