Kent State Holds Off Hokies
Loss snaps four-game Tech winning streak
March 7, 2003

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Kent State built a 7-3 lead and held off a late Virginia Tech charge on the way to a 7-6 victory over the Hokies at English Field on Friday. The loss to the Golden Flashes snapped a four-game Tech winning streak. Both teams are now 5-2 on the season.

Kent State broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the top of the fifth inning. The visitors got a two-run double from second baseman Chris Welsch during the inning, along with a sacrifice fly by left fielder Eric O'Brien and a run-scoring triple by center fielder Chuck Moore.

Tech trailed 7-4 with one out in the bottom of the ninth when pinch-hitter Jay Musialowski (Depew, N.Y.) drew a base on balls. Freshman left fielder Sheldon Adams (Big Stone Gap, Va.) followed with a double that gave the Hokies runners at second and third. Back-to-back singles by second baseman Marc Tugwell (Springfield, Va.) and designated hitter Wyatt Toregas (Ashburn, Va.) moved Tech within a run. The Hokies' were stopped short when center fielder Brad Bauder (Ashburn, Va.) struck out with the runners in motion and Tugwell was thrown out at third base.

Dirk Hayhurst (1-0), who started and pitched seven full innings, got the victory for Kent State, while Gus Hlebovy picked up his first save. Tech reliever Seth Bandy (Pembroke, Va.) took the loss in his first appearance of the year.

Tugwell led Tech with a 3-for-5 day that included one run batted in and one scored. Toregas had two hits and two RBIs in his five trips to the plate, while sophomore right fielder Matt Kalish (Miami, Fla.) was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Toregas, Adams and catcher Jed English (Alexandria, Va.) each had a double for Tech.

Shortstop Joe Tucker turned in a three-hit game for the Golden Flashes, while Moore and designated hitter Kurt Eichorn contributed two hits apiece.

Tech and Kent State are scheduled to play the second game of their three-game series on Saturday at 2 p.m.