Hokies Fall Short At Pittsburgh
Panthers win 17-16 on homer in bottom of the ninth
May 11, 2003

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Tom Cashman's solo home run off Virginia Tech relief ace Matt Dalton in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Pittsburgh a 17-16 BIG EAST victory over the Hokies on Sunday. Cashman's homer was the first allowed by Dalton in his two seasons as a reliever and the run was the first given up by the senior right-hander all season.

Tech (32-19; 14-9) trailed by 10 runs after five innings of play, before rallying for 13 runs over the final four innings to tie the game at 16-all. The Hokies scored five of those runs in the top of the ninth on a two-run single by catcher Wyatt Toregas (Ashburn, Va.) and a one-out, game-tying three-run homer by senior center fielder Brad Bauder (Ashburn, Va.).

Cashman led off the bottom of the ninth by driving a 3-2 pitch from Dalton over the right field fence for his sixth home run of the year. Dalton, who entered the game in the eighth inning, was making his 27th appearance of the year. He is now 2-1 on the season.

Tech's only lead of the game came in the top of the third inning when a three-run homer by Toregas put the Hokies ahead 3-2. Pittsburgh answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning, then added four more in the fourth, followed by three runs in the fifth. The Hokies sent 12 men to the plate in the sixth inning, scoring six runs on just three hits. A two-run double by second baseman Marc Tugwell (Springfield, Va.) produced two of the runs, while a single by first baseman Chris Winterfeldt (Lynchburg, Va.) brought home two more.

Pittsburgh (35-18; 12-11) went ahead 16-9 after scoring three runs without the benefit of a hit in the bottom of the sixth. The Panthers capitalized on three hit batsmen, three walks, a fielder's choice and a wild pitch to plate those three runs.

Tech got two runs in the seventh inning before tying the game in the ninth. Toregas, Winterfeldt and Tugwell finished with two hits each for the Hokies as did third baseman Chris Stanton (Centreville, Va.) and left fielder Sheldon Adams (Big Stone Gap, Va.).

Cashman led Pittsburgh with three hits and five RBIs in four at bats. Panther designated hitter Chris Papst contributed three hits and four runs batted in. Brian Jacobsen, (2-2), the last of five Pittsburgh pitchers, picked up the win.

Tech is scheduled to face Campbell University at English Field on Tuesday at 3 p.m.