Hartman Reaches Milestone
Hokies hold on for 9-7 win at ETSU
May 19, 2004

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Virginia Tech posted a 9-7 baseball win at East Tennessee State on Wednesday night to give head coach Chuck Hartman the 1,400th win of his collegiate coaching career. The Hokies built a 9-1 lead in the game and held off an ETSU rally to break a four-game losing streak.

Hartman, who ranks third among active Division I baseball coaches in career wins, is in his 45th season as a coach. His current career record is 1,400-753-8. He has picked up 917 of those victories during his 26 seasons at Tech.

Hartman started six freshmen in Wednesday's game, including starting pitcher Adam Redd (Dumfries, Va.), who pitched five innings and picked up his first collegiate victory. The other five freshmen combined for six of the Hokies' 12 hits, five of their nine runs and four of their seven RBIs.

Tech (28-25) scored in four consecutive innings to build its lead. An RBI-single by freshman third baseman Bryan Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) sparked a three-run second inning, Freshman shortstop Warren Schaeffer (Vandergrift, Pa.) drove in the first of two runs in the third inning with a single and first-year center fielder Nate Parks (Salem, Va.) singled home the first run of a three-run fifth inning.

East Tennessee State's bats came alive in the bottom of the fifth inning when the Buccaneers scored three runs on four hits and a Tech passed ball. A two-run homer by catcher Caleb Moore cut the Hokies' lead to 9-6 in the sixth inning. ETSU (27-26) added another run in the eighth and had the tying runs at second and third when the game ended on a long fly-out to left field.

Parks led Tech with three hits, while Schaeffer and senior designated hitter Jed English (Alexandria, Va.) added two each. Thomas and junior left fielder Chris Stanton (Centreville, Va.) drove in two runs apiece. Sophomore Nicky Bowers (Stuart, Va.), the last of four Tech pitchers, worked the last 1 2/3 innings to pick up his sixth save of the season.

ETSU starting pitcher Tim Turner (5-8) lasted 3 2/3 innings and took the loss. The Bucs finished with 14 hits, including four by center fielder Steven Calicutt and three by right fielder Shane Byrne.

Tech is scheduled to finish its season with a three-game series at Notre Dame beginning on Friday.