Flames Burn Hokies
Tech held to four hits in 13-1 loss
March 8, 2006

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Liberty University got seven strong innings from starting pitcher Phillip Thomas and six runs batted in from center fielder P.K. Keller to hand Virginia Tech a 13-1 loss at Worthington Stadium on Wednesday.

Thompson held the Hokies without a hit until the fifth inning when Tech left fielder Sheldon Adams (Big Stone Gap, Va.) lined a single into right field. The senior right-hander faced just one batter over the minimum through six innings before allowing the Hokies a run in the seventh. Thompson pitched seven full innings to improve to 2-1 on the season. He struck out five batters and walked two, while allowing just three hits.

Liberty (11-3) started putting pressure on Tech freshman pitcher Evan Frederickson (Oak Hill, Va.) in the bottom of the first. The Flames scored on a single by second baseman Michael Just and loading the bases with one out. Frederickson got out of the jam with a pair of fielder's choices, but wasn't as fortunate in the third inning.

A one-out walk to Just and a two-base throwing error by Frederickson set up an RBI-single by Liberty left fielder Phillip Laurent in the third. Flames' catcher Errol Hollinger walked on what turned out to be a wild pitch that allowed him to advance to second and moved Laurent to third. Keller followed with a two-out, two-run single to up the Flames' advantage to 4-0.

Keller delivered again with two outs in the fifth inning, driving in another run with a single. He capped his day with a three-run homer to left field with two outs in the eighth inning. In between, Liberty got a run-scoring single from right fielder Derek Bennion in the sixth and two runs on a pair of sacrifice flies in the seventh. Liberty finished with a total of 12 hits.

Fredrickson took the loss in his first collegiate start, allowing four runs on four hits in three innings of work. He struck out one batter and walked five. Tech's only run came in the seventh when shortstop Matt Hacker (Richmond, Va.) led off the inning with a double and came home on a double by right fielder Jose Cueto (Miami, Fla.). The Hokies' only other hit was a single by third baseman Bryan Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) in the ninth.

Tech, now 7-4 on the season, is scheduled to begin Atlantic Coast Conference play with a three-game series at Miami beginning Friday.