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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Bandy, Miller (8) and Bice. Lyons, Scott (6) and Vogel.
W- Scott (5-1) L- Bandy (1-2) HR- Berigan (D) 3rd, none on.