Tech opener with Clemson suspended due to weather
Game will be resumed on Saturday at 1 p.m.
April 6, 2007

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The opening game of Virginia Tech's three-game Atlantic Coast Conference baseball series with No. 16 Clemson was suspended due to weather Friday night following the top of the fifth inning.

The game is scheduled to resume on Saturday at 1 p.m., with the Tigers leading 5-1. The second game of the series, originally set for 2 p.m., will begin 30 minutes the after the conclusion of the suspended game.

The Hokies touched Clemson starting pitcher Daniel Moskos for a run in bottom of the first on four consecutive singles. After leadoff batter Nate Parks (Roanoke, Va.) struck out, Tech got singles from first baseman Sean O'Brien (Chappaqua, N.Y.), third baseman Bryan Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.), designated hitter Adam Redd (Dumfries, Va.) and right fielder Jose Cueto (Miami, Fla.). Redd's single brought O'Brien home, but Moskos slammed the door at that point, recording another strikeout and a fly out to strand three Tech runners.

The Tigers tied the game in the third inning without the benefit of a hit. Following a leadoff walk by center fielder Brad Chalk, Clemson shortstop Taylor Harbin was hit by a Greg Fryman (Gibsonia, Pa.) pitch. A sacrifice bunt by third baseman Marquez Smith moved Chalk to third and a sacrifice fly by first baseman Ben Paulsen brought him home.

Clemson scored a pair of runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to build a 5-1 advantage. Designated hitter Wilson Boyd reached base on a single and eventually scored the go-ahead run as second baseman J.D. Burgess reached on a Tech fielding error. Right fielder A.J. Mitchell, who moved Boyd to third with a double, scored the second run as the Hokies turned a double play. The Tigers' two runs in the fifth came courtesy of a Harbin single, followed by a long home run to left by Smith.

At that point, 1:07 into the game, the umpires halted play.