Tech Takes Two From Red Storm
Bowers, Toregas play key roles in wins
May 3, 2003

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Freshman pitcher Nicky Bowers and sophomore catcher Wyatt Toregas played big roles as Virginia Tech swept a key BIG EAST baseball double-header from St. John's at English Field on Sunday. Tech took the seven-inning opener 3-1, then posted a 7-3 win in the nine-inning second game, which was delayed nearly two hours by rain, hail and lightning midway through the sixth inning.

Bowers (Stuart, Va.), who was making his first collegiate start after 22 relief appearances, came up big for the Hokies in the first game. The young right-hander held St. John's scoreless for five innings before yielding a run in the sixth inning. He gave up just four hits, while striking out nine batters and walking two. Senior Matt Dalton (Monroeville, Pa.) pitched the final 1 2/3 innings to preserve Bowers' fourth win of the season without a loss. Dalton earned his 13th save of the year, one shy of the Tech season record of 14 set by Charlie Gillian in 1996.

Tech (29-17; 12-7) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when third baseman Chris Stanton (Centreville, Va.) singled, stole second base, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a ground-out by shortstop Spencer Harris (Louisa, Ky.). The Hokies added another run in the fifth inning when freshman left fielder Sheldon Adams (Big Stone Gap, Va.) singled and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by right fielder Matt Kalish (Miami, Fla.).

The Red Storm (24-23; 9-10) got on the board in the top of the sixth when shortstop Mike Rozema doubled to lead off the inning and scored on a two-out single by right fielder Greg Thompson. Tech answered in the bottom of the inning when Stanton tripled and came home on a double by Harris. Stanton and Adams both finished the game with two hits.

Toregas (Ashburn, Va.) provided the offensive spark in the second game, going 4-for-4 at the plate with three runs scored and two batted in. He provided an RBI-single in the first inning as the Hokies scored four runs on three hits and a pair of St. John's errors. Toregas blasted a solo home run in the third inning and singled and scored in the fifth inning. He capped his afternoon with a double in the seventh inning and finished the double-header 5-for-6.

Tech starting pitcher Jeff Landing (Jamestown, N.C.) retired the first nine batters he faced and pitched six full innings before the game was delayed by weather. The sophomore right-hander gave up six hits and three runs in earning his fourth win of the year against three losses. Relievers Scott Stoehr and Dalton combined for three shutout innings following the rain delay.

St. John's scored twice in the fourth inning and added another run in the sixth. First baseman Jesus Bravo led the Red Storm with two hits and one run batted in. Sophomore first baseman David McDonald (Phoenix, Ariz.) was 2-for-3 in the second game for Tech with a triple, RBI and run scored.

Tech and St. John's are scheduled to finish their three-game series with a noon game Sunday at English Field.