Hokies Beat No. 10 Richmond
Kennedy, Adams star in 8-1 win
March 26, 2003

RICHMOND, Va. - Freshmen Ryan Kennedy and Sheldon Adams played key roles as Virginia Tech handed nationally 10th ranked Richmond its first home loss of the season with an 8-1 victory at Pitt Field on Wednesday.

Tech continued to play its best baseball on the road, improving its overall record to 13-7 with its ninth road win in 10 games away from home. The Hokies' win was the first for a visiting team at Pitt Field in 16 games this year. Richmond is now 19-3 on the season.

Tech opened the scoring with a two-run homer by freshman designated hitter Joe Daly (Danville, Va.) in the top of the second inning and never trailed in the game. Kennedy (Punta Gorda, Fla.) took over for starting pitcher M.J. Hurley (Wilmington, N.C.) after the second inning and held the Spiders to just three hits and one unearned run over the final seven innings of the game. The redshirt freshman left-hander struck out six batters and walked six in improving his record to 2-1. Richmond's only run came when an errant throw from the catcher went over Kennedy's head with the bases loaded, allowing a runner to score from third base.

The Hokies slowly gave Kennedy some breathing room. Singles by first baseman Chris Winterfeldt (Lynchburg, Va.) and Adams, followed by a UR throwing error, gave Tech a run in the fourth inning. Then, after the Spiders plated their lone run in the bottom of the fourth, center fielder Brad Bauder (Ashburn, Va.) put Tech up 4-1 with a solo home run to center field.

Adams took over from there. The left-handed hitting freshman from Big Stone Gap, Va., provided a run-scoring single in the sixth inning, then broke the game open with a three-run double in the seventh. He finished the game 3-for-4 with four runs batted in. Senior shortstop Spencer Harris (Louisa, Ky.) contributed two hits and three runs scored to the Hokies' 10-hit attack.

Hurley did not allow a hit or a run in his two innings for the Hokies, but walked five batters before getting out of bases-loaded jams in both the first and second innings. Richmond's first hit came on a bunt-single by center fielder Bryan Pritz in the fourth inning. Pritz also had an infield single in the sixth inning. The Spiders' other hit came on a fly-ball single to left by Adam Tidball in the eighth inning. Despite getting just three hits, Richmond stranded a total of 14 base runners.

Richmond starting pitcher Mike McGirr (3-1) took the loss, working 5 1/3 innings and allowing eight hits and five runs. Only two of Tech's five runs off the UR right-hander were earned.

Tech is scheduled to open its BIG EAST Conference schedule with a three-game series at Seton Hall this weekend.