Hokies Complete Sweep
Dalton ties save mark
May 4, 2003

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech completed a three-game BIG EAST sweep of St. John's with a 7-4 victory at English Field on Sunday. The win moved Tech into sole possession of fourth place in the league standings with BIG EAST series against Pittsburgh and Notre Dame remaining.

St. John's (24-24; 9-11) scored first in Sunday's game when center fielder Billy Graiser hit the first pitch of the contest over the center field fence. It was the first of three solo homers for the Red Storm during the afternoon.

Tech (30-16; 13-7) erased the visitor's lead in the bottom of the first inning with the help of a pair of errors. The Hokies scored three runs on just one hit to take a lead they never relinquished. Tech was able to respond every time the Red Storm pulled close.

After a run-scoring single by St. John's second baseman Brett Hardie narrowed the gap to 3-2 in the second inning, the Hokies scored twice in the third inning. An RBI-single by center fielder Brad Bauder (Ashburn, Va.) provided one run and a sacrifice bunt by designated hitter David McDonald (Phoenix, Ariz.) brought home the other as Tech extended its lead to 5-2.

Solo home runs by designated hitter Blake Hershelman and right fielder Greg Thomson in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively, pulled St. John's back within a run. Once again, Tech countered with two runs of its own on run-scoring singles by catcher Wyatt Toregas (Ashburn, Va.) and McDonald in the bottom of the seventh.

Freshman left-hander Andrew Wells (Alexandria, Va.) started and pitched six innings for Tech to pick up his fourth win against three losses. Wells allowed three runs on six hits, while striking out two batters and walking two. Fellow freshman Scott Stoehr (Timberville, Va.) and senior closer Matt Dalton finished up the game. Dalton earned his 14th save of the season, tying the Tech single-season mark for saves established by Charlie Gillian in 1996.

Second baseman Marc Tugwell (Springfield, Va.), who had a pair of doubles, finished with two hits for Tech, along with Toregas. Bauder and McDonald drove in two runs apiece. Hardie and left fielder Anthony DeRosa paced St. John's with two-hit games. Starting pitcher Anthony Varvaro (3-5) took the loss for the Red Storm.

Tech's next game is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at 4 in Blacksburg against Richmond.