Hartman Gets 900th Victory at Tech
Biber, Stanton star in 5-1 win at VCU
March 23, 2004

RICHMOND, Va. - Pitcher Josh Biber and third baseman Chris Stanton led Virginia Tech to a 5-1 victory over Virginia Commonwealth University at The Diamond on Tuesday night to give head coach Chuck Hartman his 900th victory as the Hokies' skipper.

Biber, a senior from Succasunna, N.J., turned in the first complete-game pitching performance of his Tech career, holding VCU to one run on just six hits. The 6-4 right-hander retired 15 of the last 16 batters he faced in the game. He struck out four batters and did not issue a walk. It was the first decision of the year for Biber.

Stanton (Centreville, Va.) sparked Tech's offense by going 4-for-5 with three runs scored, a run batted in and three stolen bases. The junior lead-off man singled to start the first inning and scored the Hokies' first run on a single by freshman right fielder Sean O'Brien (Chappaqua, N.Y.). Stanton singled home Tech's second run in the second inning and singled and scored in both the fifth and seventh innings. He set up each of his last two runs with stolen bases. Center fielder Sheldon Adams (Big Stone Gap, Va.) provided Tech's final run with an RBI-single in the eighth inning.

VCU (14-10) got its lone run in the second inning when left fielder Barrett Ripley doubled, moved to third on a Tech throwing error and scored on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Robbie Gragnani. A single by Rams' center fielder Joe Meador to lead off the fifth inning was the last hit for VCU until catcher Jeff Parrish's single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Rams starting pitcher Marcus Davis went five innings and took the loss. Davis is now 2-2 on the season. Meador and Parrish each finished with two hits for VCU.

Tech finished with 11 hits in the game. Along with Stanton's banner performance , the Hokies got two hits and an RBI apiece from Adams and left fielder Matt Kalish (Miami, Fla.). Catcher Wyatt Toregas (Ashburn, Va.) provided Tech's other run batted in.

Hartman, who is in his 26th season at Tech and 45th season overall, now has a 900-509-8 record with the Hokies. His current overall record of 1,383 wins, 734 losses and eight ties places him third among active Division I baseball coach in victories.

Hartman's Hokies will play at the University of Richmond on Wednesday at 3 p.m.