Rutgers Takes Two From Hokies
Tech, RU will finish three-game series on Monday
April 27, 2003

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers University moved into second place in the BIG EAST Conference baseball race by sweeping Virginia Tech in a double-header Sunday. The Scarlet Knights won the seven-inning opening game 10-2, then downed the Hokies 6-2 in the nine-inning second game.

The wins improved Rutgers' overall mark to 20-14 and its conference record to 12-3. Tech now stands 27-14 overall and 10-6 in league play. The Hokies continue to hold on to fourth place in the league behind Notre Dame (13-2), Rutgers, and West Virginia (11-3). Tech and Rutgers are scheduled to complete their three-game series on Monday at noon.

Pitching set the tone for Rutgers' two wins on Sunday. Opening game starter Jack Egbert pitched a complete game for RU, allowing just five hits and one earned run. Egbert struck out six batters and did not have a walk in improving his record to 6-3. Left-hander Shaun Parker pitched 8 1/3 innings in the nightcap allowing only two hits and one earned run. Parker is now 2-1 on the season.

Tech took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the opener when second baseman Marc Tugwell (Springfield, Va.) was hit by a pitch, stole second, advanced to third on an infield single by catcher Wyatt Toregas (Ashburn, Va.) and scored on a Rutgers' throwing error.

The Scarlet Knights took the lead with a three-run third inning that included the first of two two-run doubles by third baseman Vinny Esposito. RU right fielder Jeff Frazier hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning and Esposito added his second two-run double during a four-run sixth inning.

Tugwell drove in Tech's other run with a single in the sixth inning. Tech starting pitcher Ryan Kennedy (Punta Gorda, Fla.) worked five innings in the loss, allowing five hits and seven runs, five of which were earned. The freshman southpaw is now 6-2 for the season. Reliever Jay Musialowski (Depew, N.Y.) pitched the sixth inning for Tech.

In the second game, Tech left-fielder Sheldon Adam's bad-hop single in the third inning was the only hit the Hokies managed against Parker during the first eight innings. Parker lost his bid for a shutout in the ninth inning. The junior left-hander walked Chris Stanton (Centreville, Va.) to open the ninth. Stanton moved to second on a wild pitch by Parker, took third on an infield single by Tugwell and scored on a Rutgers' throwing error. Toregas drove in Tugwell with a single off RU reliever Chris Lillis, who finished out the inning.

Rutgers gave Parker three first-inning runs on four hits. The Knights added a single run in the third and two more in the seventh. Esposito was one of four Rutgers players with two hits in the second game.

Sophomore right-hander Jeff Landing (Jamestown, N.C.) started the second game on the mound for the Hokies and pitched seven innings. Landing now stands 3-3 on the season.

Tech finished with a total of just eight hits in the double-header, with Tugwell, Toregas and Adams accounting for two each.