Hokies Down Radford 5-1
Stanton breaks 1-1 tie with key double in the eighth inning
April 22, 2003 RADFORD, V a. - Chris Stanton's run-scoring double broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning and Virginia Tech went on to a 5-1 non-conference win over Radford University at Dedmon Center Park on Tuesday. Tech, which now stands 27-11 on the season, won despite posting just three hits in the game. Only one of the Hokies' hits - Stanton's double - scored a run. Stanton scored Tech's first run of the contest when he was hit by a pitch to lead off the game. The sophomore third baseman stole second, moved to third on a ground out and came home when second baseman Marc Tugwell (Springfield, Va.) grounded out to third base for the second out of the inning. Tech freshman left-handed pitcher Andrew Wells (Alexandria, Va.) held Radford in check until the sixth inning when Highlander center fielder Steve Mignogna doubled and scored on a two-out single by first baseman Mark Fleisher to tie the game. The Hokies retook the lead in the eight when freshman left fielder Sheldon Adams (Big Stone Gap, Va.) reached on a fielder's choice, then scored all the way from first on Stanton's double. Stanton gave the Hokies a 3-1 lead when he scored on a two-out fielding error. Tech scored two more runs without the benefit of a hit in the ninth inning. Catcher Wyatt Toregas (Ashburn) was hit by a pitch to lead off the ninth. After Toregas stole second base, center fielder Brad Bauder (Ashburn, Va.) drew a walk. Both runners moved up a base on a passed ball and scored on back-to-back sacrifice flyouts off the bats of shortstop Spencer Harris (Louisa, Ky.) and designated hitter David Londrey (Richmond, Va.). Freshman right-hander Scott Stoehr (Timberville, Va.), who took over for Wells with two outs in the sixth inning, picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of work. Stoehr is now 3-0 on the season. Freshman Nicky Bowers (Stuart, Va.) and senior Matt Dalton (Monroeville, Pa.) closed the game out with a scoreless inning each. Radford got four of its six hits from third baseman Shaun House. RU reliever Rob Bursey (1-3) suffered the loss. The Highlanders are now 10-20 on the season. Tech is scheduled to play its first neutral site game of the season on Wednesday when it meets Virginia at Salem Memorial Stadium. Game time is 7 p.m.