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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Bush and English. Rosendahl and Vogel.
W- Rosendahl (4-5) L- Bush (7-4)
HR- Berigan (D) 4th, none on.
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Saunders and Bice.
Bracken, Shean (6), McFarland (7) and Vogel.
W- Saunders (9-1) L- Bracken (2-2)
HR- Bowman (VT) 4th, none on.