Hokies Blank Liberty
Strong pitching, hitting lead Tech to 14-0 win
April 1, 2003

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Freshman Andrew Wells and two other Virginia Tech pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout as the Hokies handed Liberty University a 14-0 loss at Worthington Field on Tuesday.

Wells, a left-hander from Alexandria, Va., tossed seven full innings against the Flames, allowing just two hits and three base runners. He struck out five men and did not issue a walk in posting his third win against two losses. Wells carried a no-hitter through four innings before yielding a lead-off single to LU's Phillip Laurent in the fifth inning. After Laurent was erased by a double-play, Wells gave up a double to Flames' first baseman Weston Lambert before retiring the last seven batters he faced. Juniors Seth Bandy (Pembroke, Va.) and Jay Musialowski (Depew, N.Y.) each contributed a shutout inning and a strikeout. Musialowski gave up the only other hit, a single in the ninth inning.

Tech's offense gave the pitchers plenty of support with 18 hits and runs in each of the Hokies' first seven innings. Sophomore catcher Wyatt Toregas (Ashburn, Va.) led the way with a 3-for-5 day that included four runs batted in. Toregas homered with a man aboard in the third inning, tripled and scored in the fourth inning and closed out the Hokies' scoring with a two-run double in the seventh.

Center fielder Brad Bauder (Ashburn, Va.) and shortstop Spencer Harris (Louisa, Ky.) joined Toregas with three hits apiece. Bauder had two doubles, a single, three runs scored and an RBI. Harris collected two singles, a double, two runs scored and a run batted in. Senior second baseman Marc Tugwell (Springfield, Va.), who started Tech's scoring binge with a solo home run in the first inning, finished with two hits, as did third baseman Chris Stanton (Centreville, Va.) and freshman left fielder Sheldon Adams (Big Stone Gap, Va.). Tugwell, Stanton and Adams also finished with two RBIs each.

The victory marked the second straight shutout for the Hokies, who blanked Seton Hall 3-0 on Monday. Tech is now 16-8 overall, including a 12-2 record on the road. Liberty fell to 7-17 on the season with the loss. Flames' starting pitcher Phillip Thompson (0-4) lasted just two innings and took the loss.

Tech will return to BIG EAST Conference action on Friday when it plays host to Georgetown in a noon double-header at English Field.