Tech Rallies by JMU
Hokies score eight runs in the ninth inning to end losing streak
April 6, 2004

HARRISONBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech scored eight runs in the top of the ninth inning to gain a 10-5 victory over James Madison University at Mauck Stadium on Tuesday. Tech snapped a seven-game losing streak with the win and evened its season record at 13-13.

Tech rallied to tie the game at 2-2 in the top of the seventh inning only to see JMU score twice in the bottom of the frame and once in the eighth to carry a 5-2 advantage into the final inning. The Hokies greeted Dukes' reliever Geoff Degener rudely in the ninth. Consecutive singles by center fielder Sheldon Adams (Big Stone Gap), shortstop Warren Schaeffer (Vandergrift, Pa.) and third baseman Chris Stanton (Centreville, Va.) produced a quick run. Catcher Wyatt Toregas (Ashburn, Va.) tied the game with a two-run single and right fielder Sean O'Brien (Chappaqua, N.Y.) followed with a two-run single that put the Hokies ahead. Before the inning was over, Tech had scored eight runs on seven hits.

Senior Josh Biber (Succasunna, N.J.) opened the game on the mound for Tech, retiring the first 11 batters he faced before yielding a single to JMU right fielder Mike Butia. Dukes' third baseman Nate Schill followed with his sixth home run of the season to break the scoreless tie.

Left fielder Matt Kalish (Miami, Fla.) singled and eventually scored on an error for the first of two Tech runs in the seventh inning. A single by Stanton produced the Hokies' other run of the inning, tying the game at 2-2. The Dukes (19-10) wasted little time regaining their lead. An RBI-triple by shortstop Davis Stoneburner and a run-scoring single by designated hitter Dan Santobianco made it 7-5 in the bottom of the seventh. Another run-producing single - this time by second baseman Michael Cowgill - gave JMU a 5-2 lead after eight innings.

Sophomore Nicky Bowers (Stuart, Va.), the last of Tech's three pitchers, was the beneficiary of the Tech rally, picking up his third win without a loss. Degener (0-1) took the loss for James Madison.

Tech finished the game with 14 hits, including three by Kalish who also scored two runs, drove in another run and stole a base. Stanton, Toregas, O'Brien and Schaeffer added two hits each. Schill led JMU with two hits.

The Hokies are scheduled to return to BIG EAST Conference action on Thursday with a double-header at Georgetown. The games are scheduled to begin at noon.