Ohio Snaps Tech Win Streak, 4-3
Stanton, Bauder get three hits each
March 25, 2003

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Ohio University scored four runs in the first five innnings and used strong pitching late to hold off Virginia Tech, 4-3, in college baseball action Tuesday afternoon at English Field.

The loss snaps a six-game winning streak for the Hokies, who now stand 12-7 on the season. The Bobcats improve to 12-6 overall.

Ohio started the scoring in the top of the first inning. Third baseman Adam Fox drove in designated hitter Phil Sabatini with a one out double. Fox then scored on an RBI single by catcher Ben Crabtree to give the Bobcats a 2-0 lead. Tech got on the board in the bottom of the first inning, when catcher Wyatt Toregas (So., Ashburn, Va.) tripled in right fielder Matt Kalish (So., Miami, Fla.).

In the top of the fourth, Sabatini singled in shortstop Jason Shockey. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Tech scored its second run when left fielder Sheldon Adams (Fr., Big Stone Gap, Va.) singled in center fielder Brad Bauder (Sr., Ashburn, Va.) with two outs. In the top of the fifth inning, OU's Fox scored on a single by first baseman Anthony Gressick to make the score 4-2.

Strong relief pitching for both teams marked the final 4 1/2 innings. Tech reliever Nicky Bowers (Fr., Stuart, Va.) did not allow Ohio a run after the fifth inning. Tech got its final run of the game in the bottom of the ninth inning, an unearned run off Bobcat closer Gressick, who moved to the mound and pitched the ninth inning. With two outs in the inning, second baseman Marc Tugwell (Sr., Springfield, Va.) doubled to right and scored on a throwing error by Shockey following a Kalish infield single. Tech could not push across the tying run and the Bobcats held on for the win.

Third baseman Chris Stanton (So., Centreville, Va.) and Bauder had three hits each for the Hokies, while Kalish added two hits. Fox led the Bobcats with two doubles and Shockey and left fielder Bryan Buck also had two hits each for Ohio. The Hokies beat out 13 hits on the afternoon, but left 10 runners on base. Each team turned three double plays.

OU reliever Aaron Smigelsky picked up his first win of the season. He pitched two innings of relief, allowing one run. Gressick earned his second save for Ohio. Tech starter Andrew Wells (Fr., Alexandria, Va.) took the loss, allowing eight hits and three runs in 3 2/3 innings.

Tech now hits the road for the next six games. The Hokies travel to Richmond Wednesday to take on the nationally-ranked Spiders at 2:30 p.m. at Pitt Field.