Sunday, April 23, 2000

Dayton Edges Tech In Baseball

DAYTON, Ohio - The University of Dayton took a one-run lead in the bottom of the eighth inning, then threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the top of the ninth to secure a 3-2 Atlantic 10 baseball victory over Virginia Tech at Stuart Field on Sunday. The win improved Dayton's overall record to 17-23 and it's A-10 mark to 8-7. Tech is now 26-18-2 on the season, including an 11-4 record in league play.

The Flyers broke a 2-2 tie in their half of the eighth inning when right fielder Brent Berigan scored an unearned run on a sacrifice fly by catcher Brooks Vogel. Berigan reached base on a single, moved to second on an errant pick-off attempt and took third on a wild pitch.

Tech mounted a threat in the ninth inning when pinch-hitter Nick Perlozzo doubled with two outs. After third baseman Chad Foutz drew a walk, junior outfielder Addison Bowman singled to left field. Perlozzo attempted to score on the play but was cut down at the plate on a throw by Dayton left fielder Shawn Bolinger that ended the game.

The Hokies scored both of their runs in the first inning. Foutz led off the game with a walk and moved to second on a single by Bowman. Following a sacrifice bunt by second baseman Marc Tugwell, freshman designated hitter Jed English drove in Foutz with a ground out. Right fielder Chris Winterfeldt singled to score Bowman.

Dayton pitchers Brian Lyons and John Scott held the Hokies scoreless from that point on. Scott got the Flyers out of a jam in the sixth inning when Tech loaded the bases with no outs. Scott benefited from a double-play that saw Tugwell thrown out at the plate following a fly out to center field by Brad Bauder. After catcher Kevin Bice walked to load the bases again, Scott struck out Tech first baseman John West to end the inning.

The Flyers got their first run on a solo homer by Berigan in the third inning. They tied the game in the seventh when first baseman Clint Beasley doubled and eventually scored on a two-out single by second baseman Nate Winkelfoos.

Scott (5-1) pitched four scoreless innings to earn the victory. The loss went to Bandy (1-2), who started for Tech and worked 7 1/3 innings.

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UD 001 000 11x -- 3 7 1

Bandy, Miller (8) and Bice. Lyons, Scott (6) and Vogel.

W- Scott (5-1) L- Bandy (1-2) HR- Berigan (D) 3rd, none on.

Saturday, April 22, 2000

Tech, Dayton Split Baseball Double-Header

DAYTON, Ohio - Addison Bowman drove in three runs and freshman Joe Saunders pitched a complete game as Virginia Tech defeated the University of Dayton, 6-2, to earn a split in an Atlantic 10 baseball double-header at Stuart Field on Saturday. Dayton took the opening game 6-1 behind the pitching of senior left-hander Kasey Rosendahl.

Bowman played a key role for the Hokies in the second game of the twin bill. He singled home a run in the second inning, smacked his seventh home run of the season with the bases empty in the fourth and added another run-scoring single in the sixth. The junior left fielder capped his second-game performance by stealing home on a double-steal in the sixth inning for Tech's final run of the game. Bowman, who had two hits in the first game, finished the double-header 5-for-8 with three RBIs, two runs scored and two stolen bases.

Saunders, who improved his record to 9-1, held Dayton scoreless until the sixth inning when the Flyers struck for two runs. The runs ended a string of 22 consecutive scoreless innings for the Tech freshman left-hander. Saunders pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning to post his third straight complete game. He allowed six hits and just one earned run, while striking out six batters and walking three.

In the opening game, Rosendahl was on the verge of handing Tech its first-ever shutout in an Atlantic 10 game when a two-out fielding error in the final inning allowed the Hokies' Gray Hodges to score from second base. Rosendahl held Tech to six hits in improving his record to 4-5.

The Flyers broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with a solo home run by right fielder Brent Berigan and a run-scoring single by left fielder Shawn Bolinger. With one out in the fifth inning, Dayton put together five consecutive singles to add four more runs. Bolinger drove in two of those runs with another single.

Tech sophomore right-hander Jason Bush (7-4) went the distance on the mound in the opener.

Tech and Dayton are scheduled to finish their three-game series with a nine-inning game on Sunday.

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UD 000 240 x -- 6 11 2

Bush and English. Rosendahl and Vogel.

W- Rosendahl (4-5) L- Bush (7-4)

HR- Berigan (D) 4th, none on.

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UD 000 002 0 -- 2 9 1

Saunders and Bice.

Bracken, Shean (6), McFarland (7) and Vogel.

W- Saunders (9-1) L- Bracken (2-2)

HR- Bowman (VT) 4th, none on.

Wednesday, April 19, 2000

Baseball Drops an Extra-Inning Affair to Dayton, 2-1

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State baseball team (23-15) dropped a 2-1, 10-inning decision to Dayton (14-22), in front of 1,863 fans at Bill Davis Stadium.

"Our pitching did a great job and their starter was excellent against us," head coach Bob Todd said. "We had our opportunities to win the ballgame but we squandered all of them."

Dayton's John Scott (4-1) fired a complete game gem, tossing 10 innings of seven-hit, one-run ball. He hurled 138 pitches, walking four while striking out three.

The Flyers' Shawn Bollinger led off the 10th inning with a solid single to rightfield and he moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Clint Beasley. After OSU reliever Cory Cox (Jr., Chillicothe, Ohio) struck out Pat Rasey, Nate Winkelfoos ripped a single, scoring Bollinger to give the Flyers a 2-1 advantage.

Dayton drew first blood with a run in the fifth inning. With one out, Beasley ripped a single to centerfield off OSU reliever Kevin Wynk (Fr., Coldwater, Ohio). Bolinger followed with double to the gap in right-centerfield, moving Beasley to third. After Wynk fanned Rasey, Winkelfoos slapped a grounder to shortstop Trent McIlvain (Jr., Louisville, Ohio), who booted the ball, allowing Beasley to score and give the Flyers a 1-0 lead. UD attempted to tack another run on, but an attempted double steal was thwarted by the Buckeyes when Bolinger was thrown out in a rundown at third base.

The Buckeyes promptly responded in the bottom of the fifth inning. With one out, McIlvain coaxed a walk from UD starter John Scott. After Chris Alvord (Jr., Mentor, Ohio) moved McIlvain to second with a groundout to third base, Jason Driscoll (Sr., Middlefield, Ohio) brought him home with a single to left, tying the game at one.

Ohio State starter Kyle Brown (Fr., Washington Court House, Ohio) was fabulous on the mound, firing four hitless and scoreless innings. He threw just 40 pitches while allowing just one baserunner via a walk. Cox was charged with the loss. His record falls to 4-2.

On Friday, Ohio State plays host to Indiana at 6:35 p.m. in Bill Davis Stadium.