Bucs Squeeze By Hokies 5-4
Wednesday home game will be Tech's first since April 16
April 29, 2003

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Justin Clear's run-scoring sacrifice bunt in the seventh inning proved to be the difference as East Tennessee State squeezed by Virginia Tech 5-4 at Kingsport's Hunter Wright Stadium on Tuesday night.

Tech (27-16) battled back from a 4-0 deficit to tie the game with two runs in the top of the seventh inning. The game was won, however, in the bottom of the inning when ETSU center fielder Tim Turner led off with a double, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Clear's suicide squeeze bunt with two strikes. East Tennessee reliever Willie McKenzie (1-3) made the one-run advantage stick, allowing just one Tech base runner over the final 2 1/3 innings to pick up his first win of the season.

The Buccaneers (14-27) built their early lead with two runs in the second inning and two more in the third. A Tech fielding error and a run-scoring double by first baseman Chad Boruff produced runs in the second inning,. Catcher Caleb Moore's single and right fielder Jordan Abromovitz sacrifice fly accounted for runs in the third inning.

Tech scored twice in the fifth inning with the first run scoring on a ground-out by left fielder Chris Stanton (Centreville, Va.) and the second on a triple off the bat of shortstop Spencer Harris (Louisa, Ky.). The Hokies tied the game in the top of the seventh when left fielder Sheldon Adams (Big Stone Gap, Va.) doubled and scored on Stanton's second single of the game. Stanton moved to third on a single by Harris and came home on a sacrifice bunt by third baseman Marc Tugwell (Springfield, Va.).

Tech reliever Jay Musialowski (Depew, N.Y.) kept the Hokies in the game with four innings of two-hit relief only to be saddled with the loss. It was the first decision of the year for the junior right-hander who struck out five batters and did not issue a walk.

Both teams finished the game with 10 hits. Adams led Tech with a 3-for-4 game that included two runs scored. Stanton, Harris and center fielder Brad Bauder (Ashburn, Va.) added two hits each. Turner was 3-for-3 with two runs scored for the Bucs.

Tech, which has lost its last five games, is scheduled to face Liberty University at 3 p.m., on Wednesday. It will be the Hokies' first home game since April 16.