Hokies drop non-conference tilt to JMU, 8-6
Tech out-hits Dukes, 13-10
April 24, 2007 BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech jumped out to a 2-0 lead, scored in four of the last six innings and tallied 13 hits, but couldn't overcome a five-run fourth by James Madison and dropped an 8-6 decision to the Dukes Tuesday night in non-conference baseball action at English Field. Four of JMU's runs came on wild pitches by Tech, including three in the influential fourth inning. Hokies' starter Evan Frederickson (Oak Hill, Va.) surrendered each of those three wild pitches in taking his first loss of the season (2-1). He allowed five runs on four hits and six walks while striking out five in 3.2 innings. Center fielder Nate Parks (Roanoke, Va.) paced Tech's attack with three hits and a walk in five plate appearances, while scoring once and stealing his 32nd base of the year for the Hokies (17-24). Dustin Crouch (1-1) earned the win for JMU in relief, while Bobby Lasko saved his seventh game after working the final three innings. The Dukes (16-25) were paced on offense by third baseman Matt Browning, who went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Tech struck for two runs in the opening inning. Sean O'Brien (Chappaqua, N.Y.) drew a leadoff walk to get the Hokies started. JMU starting pitcher Jacob Cook struck out Nate Parks, but O'Brien managed to take second base on a passed ball. Tech third baseman Bryan Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) followed with a single that moved O'Brien to third and the junior first baseman continued on home when the Dukes committed an error on the play. Thomas, who advanced to second on the miscue, took third on a wild pitch and scored the inning's second run as catcher Anthony Sosnoskie (Front Royal, Va.) grounded out to short. A fit of wildness by Frederickson helped the Dukes take a 5-2 lead in the top of the fourth. The sophomore left-hander walked Browning to start the inning. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runner to second, Frederickson uncorked consecutive wild pitches to score Browning and put catcher Brett Garner on first with a walk. Garner moved to second on a single by center fielder Alex Foltz, took third when Frederickson issued his third walk of the inning and scored on another wild pitch. The Tech southpaw's fourth wild pitch of the frame allowed Foltz to score the go-ahead run. A two-out single by Mike Fabiaschi drove in the fourth run and chased Frederickson. JMU right fielder Kellen Kulbacki then greeted Tech reliever Dave Zappacosta with a two-base knock that provided the final run of the inning. The Hokies got a run back in the bottom of the inning when left fielder Jose Cueto (Miami, Fla.) picked up a one-out walk and scored all the way from first on a double to deep left field by Sean Ryan (Ashburn, Va.). Tech also picked up a run against Dukes' reliever Dustin Crouch in the fifth. Parks reached on an infield single and took second when Thomas laced a single by the shortstop. Sosnoskie was hit by a pitch to load the bases and shortstop Warren Schaeffer (Vandergrift, Pa.) delivered a sac fly to center, scoring Parks. Thomas later delivered a two-out single, but the Dukes nailed Thomas at the plate to end the threat. The teams exchanged sacrifice flies in the sixth inning. Foltz was hit by a pitch in the top of the inning, stole second base and took third on a ground out before scoring on Davis Stoneburner's fly ball to right. In the bottom of the frame, Tech second baseman Matt Hacker (Richmond, Va.) smacked a triple to left center and then scampered home after O'Brien flew out to center. JMU picked up an insurance run in each of the last two innings to make it 8-5. In the eighth, Garner doubled, took third on a sacrifice and came home on a two-out wild pitch by reliever Rhett Ballard (High Point, N.C.). In the ninth, Browning singled before being doubled home by left fielder Mitchell Moses. Tech managed one more run in the bottom of the ninth to reach the final score of 8-6. Freshman Steve Bumbry (Cockeysville, Md.) smacked a double before coming home on an RBI single by Ryan. Tech returns to action at English Field on Wednesday night with a game against Radford University at 7.