Big Inning Gives Tech Win
Hokies down Morehead State 18-5
March 23, 2003

MOREHEAD, Ky. - Virginia Tech broke open a close game with a 10-run eighth inning and went on to defeat Morehead State University 18-5 in baseball Sunday afternoon. The win was the sixth in a row for Tech, which now stands 12-6 on the season.

The Hokies trailed 5-4 when center fielder Brad Bauder (Ashburn, Va.) led off the eighth inning with a game-tying solo homer to right field. Tech took the lead on a two-run triple by sophomore right fielder Matt Kalish (Miami, Fla.) and before the inning was over, the Hokies had sent 13 batters to the plate. Sophomore third baseman Chris Stanton (Centreville, Va.) capped the 10-run spurt with a two-run homer. The Hokies added four more runs in the ninth inning, with three coming on Bauder's second homer of the game.

Tech led 4-0 after five innings on the strength of a three-run homer by senior designated hitter Jed English (Alexandria, Va.) in the first inning and a sacrifice fly by sophomore catcher Wyatt Toregas (Ashburn, Va.) in the third inning. Morehead State (7-11) did all of its scoring in the sixth inning when it got five runs on four hits and one Tech error. Two-out doubles by shortstop Dustin Miles and right fielder Brandon Baarstad keyed the rally.

Tech starting pitcher Josh Biber (Succasunna, N.J.) pitched 5 2/3 innings, but freshman reliever Scott Stoehr (Timberville, Va.) picked up the win. Stoehr and fellow bullpen mates Nicky Bowers (Stuart, Va.) and Jay Musialowski (Depew, N.Y.) combined for 3 1/3 innings of no-hit, no-run relief. Stoehr, who worked 1 1/3 innings, struck out three batters and walked one in picking up his second win without a loss.

The Hokies finished with 19 hits for the second straight day in sweeping their two-game series with the Eagles. Bauder led the way with four hits, four RBIs and two runs scored in six at bats. English, who had three hits in four at bats, also finished with four runs batted in. Stanton contributed three hits, while Toregas, Kalish, second baseman Marc Tugwell (Springfield, Va.) and first baseman Chris Winterfeldt (Lynchburg, Va.) had two hits each.

Stanton and Kalish both tied school single-game records during the game. Stanton stole four bases, equaling a Tech mark set by Tim Buheller against James Madison University in 1986. Kalish, meanwhile, became just the ninth Tech player since 1950 to hit two triples in a game.

Tech is scheduled to return home for a 2 p.m., game against Ohio at English Field on Tuesday.