Kent State Tops Tech
Hokies held to five hits
March 8, 2003

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Kent State rode the pitching of junior right-hander Matt Lorenzo to a 5-3 baseball victory over Virginia Tech at English Field on Saturday. The win was the Golden Flashes' second straight in the scheduled three-game series.

Tech (5-3) held a brief lead after scoring two runs on a pair of Kent State errors in the first inning. The Golden Flashes (6-2) tied the game on a two-run homer by designated hitter Adam Crowder in the second inning, then went ahead on the strength of a three-run third inning.

That was all the edge Lorenzo needed as he held the Hokies to three runs and just four hits during his eight full innings of work. Only one of the three runs scored off Lorenzo was earned. He struck out nine batters and walked four on the way to improving his season record to 3-0. Gus Hlebovy worked the ninth-inning, giving up a pinch-hit single to Tech's Jay Musialowski (Depew, N.Y.) before clinching his second save of the season.

Tech relievers Jeff Landing (Jamestown, N.C.) and Jake Chaney (Blowing Rock, N.C) kept the Hokies in reach, combining for seven innings of two-hit, shutout relief. The only offense Tech could muster, however, was a fifth-inning RBI-double by third baseman Marc Tugwell (Springfield, Va.).

Tugwell finished with two of the Hokies' five total hits. Starting pitcher Ryan Kennedy (Punta Gorda, Fla.) took the loss and now stands 1-1 on the season.

Tech and Kent State are scheduled to conclude their three-game series with a 2 p.m., game at English Field on Sunday.