Tech Finds Offense In Win Over Kent State
Toregas drives in six runs during 16-5 victory
March 9, 2003

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech designated hitter Wyatt Toregas drove in six runs and the Hokies posted a season-high 18 hits to hand visiting Kent State a 16-5 baseball loss at English Field on Sunday. Both teams are 6-3 on the season.

Tech, which dropped close games to the Golden Flashes on Friday and Saturday, trailed 1-0 after the first inning on Sunday before striking for five runs in the second inning. Sophomore third baseman Chris Stanton (Centreville, Va.) and senior second baseman Marc Tugwell (Springfield, Va.) both contributed two-run singles during the inning, while Toregas (Ashburn, Va.) added a run-scoring double.

Kent State got two of those runs back in the third inning on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Pat O'Brien and a solo home run by second baseman Chris Welsch. The Golden Flashes pulled within a run in the fourth inning on a solo homer by center fielder Chuck Moore that made the score 5-4.

The Hokies broke the contest open by scoring eight runs on six hits in the bottom of the fifth inning. The big blow in the inning was a grand slam home run by Toregas. Tech also got a two-run double from redshirt freshman catcher David Londrey (Richmond, Va.), who was playing in his first collegiate game. Stanton and senior shortstop Spencer Harris (Louisa, Ky.) accounted for the other runs with RBI-singles.

Londrey, who finished his first game 3-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored, drove in another run with a single in the sixth. Toregas and Tugwell each had run-scoring singles in the eighth to close out Tech's scoring. Toregas finished 3-for-5 with six runs batted in and one run scored. Tugwell and Stanton contributed three hits and three RBIs apiece, while senior center fielder Brad Bauder (Ashburn, Va.) and sophomore first baseman David McDonald (Phoenix, Ariz.) finished with two hits each.

Junior right-hander Josh Biber (2-0) started on the mound for Tech and pitched seven innings for the win. Biber (Succasunna, N.J.) scattered nine hits, struck out five batters and walked two.

Welsch, shortstop Joe Tucker and right fielder Eric Holick led Kent State with two hits each. O'Brien accounted for the Golden Flashes' final run with a solo homer in the seventh inning. KSU starting pitcher Justin Laraway (0-2) suffered the loss.

Tech, which is three games into a nine-game home stand, is scheduled to return to action on Tuesday with a 2:30 p.m., game against James Madison at English Field.