February 19, 2012
Errors prove costly in Tech's first loss
Five errors lead to six unearned runs scored by Owls.
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KENNESAW, Ga. – The host Kennesaw State Owls used five Virginia Tech errors to plate six unearned runs and the Hokies could not overcome the miscues and lost their first game of the season, 6-3, on Sunday afternoon at Stillwell Stadium.

With the non-conference loss, Tech is now 3-1 on the year, while the Owls improved to 1-2.

After three scoreless frames, the Hokies finally broke through with the first run of the game. After Ronnie Shaban doubled to lead off the inning, Johnny Morales drew a walk and each moved into scoring position on a groundout by Andrew Rash.

Kennesaw State starter Alan Busenitz got the second out of the frame with his fourth strikeout of the afternoon, but Sean Keselica drove in Shaban with an infield single and Tech took the 1-0 lead.

However, the lead was short-lived as a pair of errors enabled two runs to cross the plate in the bottom of the third and Kennesaw State took the 2-1 lead.

Tech responded with a run in the top of the fifth on a two-out RBI double from Shaban, which scored Jake Atwell. He eached base after being hit by a pitch, the sixth time a Hokie batter was hit by a pitch this weekend.

In the bottom of the fifth, two errors led to two more runs coming home for the Owls, and another error in the seventh plated two more.

Trailing 6-2, the Hokies got one back with a sac fly from Alex Perez, which scored Andrew Rash, but they could not get any more in as KSU’s bullpen combined for 4.1 innings and allowed just that earned run.

Not only was Tech hurt by the errors, but they also left 12 men on base, including two in the fourth, fifth and seventh and the bases loaded in the eighth.

The Hokies will take the week off before returning to action with four games at the Caravelle Resort Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. They will open on Friday with West Virginia, first pitch scheduled for Noon.

Additional Notes: Shaban’s two doubles gives him 59 for his career, one shy of Bo Durkac (1993-95) for second on Tech’s all-time list and seven shy of the school record of 66 (Addison Bowman, 1998-01). He is also just three doubles shy of moving into the ACC’s top 25 all-time. Tech starters have thrown 22 straight innings without allowing an earned run. For the weekend, they combined for 26 strikeouts in 24 innings pitched and a 0.38 ERA.

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