Hokies snap losing streaks
Wells picks up complete-game win at BC
April 28, 2007

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Senior Andrew Wells tossed a complete game as Virginia Tech split a double-header at Boston College on Saturday, ending a 14-game Atlantic Coast Conference losing streak in the process. Tech won the second game of the twin bill 6-1 after dropping a 6-3 decision in game one.

The win was the Hokies' first win against an ACC team since defeating No. 4 North Carolina 6-3 in Blacksburg on Mar. 24. The victory also snapped a seven-game losing streak against Boston College. Tech is now 19-25 on the season, including a 5-18 mark in the ACC. BC is 17-23-1 overall and 10-13 in the conference.

Wells, a left-hander from Alexandria, Va., held the Eagles to just six hits in the contest and retired 16 of the last 18 batters he faced. The only run against the Hokie southpaw came in the bottom of the third inning and Wells allowed just four base runners from that point on. He finished with four strikeouts and did not issue a walk in the longest pitching stint of his Tech career. The win was his third of the season against four losses.

First baseman Sean O'Brien (Chappaqua, N.Y.) got the Hokies started in the second game. After second baseman Matt Hacker (Richmond, Va.) reached base on a single and stole second with one out in the top of the third, O'Brien delivered a run-scoring single.

The Eagles evened the score in the bottom of the inning. A two-out double down the left field line by shortstop Ryan Hutchinson scored designated hitter Brandon Ziemann with the tying run.

Tech, which got just six hits in the opening game, used five hits in the fifth inning to break the tie and grab a 5-1 lead. The inning started with a single from O'Brien. Parks followed with a bunt single and then both runners moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Bryan Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.). Freshman Anthony Sosnoskie (Front Royal, Va.) followed with a two-run double to deep right field. A single by shortstop Warren Schaefer (Vandergrift, Pa.) scored Sosnoskie from second, and a double down the left field line by Jose Cueto (Miami, Fla.) got Schaefer home all the way from first.

Sosnoskie's second double of the game, and third of the day, helped provide a run in the seventh. The first-year catcher's one-out, two-bagger was followed by consecutive singles from Schaeffer and Cueto to put the Hokies ahead 6-1.

Tech finished with 12 hits, including three from Schaeffer and two apiece by O'Brien, Sosnoskie and Cueto. Sosnoskie also drove in two runs and scored two.

Nate Jeanes, who started on the mound for BC, took the loss, falling to 1-4 on the season. The left-hander allowed 12 hits over seven innings. The Eagles' leading hitter was third baseman Eric Campbell, who had two of their six hits.

Boston College got strong pitching from right-hander Kevin Boggan (4-4) in the first game. After giving up a single to Tech center fielder Nate Parks (Roanoke, Va.) with one out in the first inning, Boggan retired 13 straight batters. He worked a total of seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while striking out six and walking two.

The Eagles scored first in the opening game. Campbell led off the second inning with a double down the right field line. Michael Belfiore moved him to third with a sacrifice bunt and left fielder Jared McGuire drove him in with a ground out to first base.

BC added a run on a sacrifice fly in the third inning. Center fielder Pete Frates singled to start the inning and then advanced to third on a double by right fielder Brandon Ziemann. Eagles' designated hitter Johnny Ayers followed with a fly ball to center, bringing Frates home.

The home team continued to build its lead in the third. Back-to-back bloop-singles by Belfiore and McGuire put runners at the corners for the Eagles with nobody out in the inning. Belfiore scored as the Hokies turned a double-play to make the score 3-0.

Boston College loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth inning on the way to two more runs. Johnny Ayers was hit by a Greg Fryman pitch and shortstop Hutchinson and catcher Tony Sanchez followed with singles to fill the sacks. A grounder to second by Campbell scored Ayers with the first run. With two outs, Joseph Ayers lined a single off the glove of Tech third baseman Bryan Thomas to plate Hutchinson with the second run.

After being held to just one hit over the first five innings by Boggan, Tech finally broke into the scoring column in the sixth inning. Freshman right fielder Steve Bumbry (Cockeysville, Md.) got things started with a lead-off double to left center. Bumbry advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored Tech's first run on a single by Hacker. O'Brien singled and Parks drew a walk as the Hokies loaded the bases. Thomas grounded into a fielder's choice to bring in Hacker and designated hitter Sosnoskie followed with a single that plated O'Brien to make the score 5-3.

BC extended its lead to 6-3 in the sixth when Johnny Ayers scored on sacrifice squeeze bunt by Sanchez. The Eagles finished with 11 hits, spreading them among all nine starters. Hutchinson and Frates collected two apiece.

Sosnoskie topped Tech with two of its six hits. Fryman (Gibsonia, Pa.), who started and pitched 5.1 innings, took his eighth loss of the season to go with two wins.

The two teams are scheduled to conclude the series with a noon game on Sunday.