Hokies knot series with Deacons after 8-2 win
Wells goes seven strong for the win
May 18, 2007 BLACKSBURG, Va. - Thirteen Virginia Tech hits and three costly Wake Forest errors, combined with a strong start by Andrew Wells, added up to give the Hokies an 8-2 victory over the visiting Demon Deacons Friday night in ACC baseball action at English Field. The Hokies improved to 23-30 overall and 7-22 in the ACC with the win, while Wake Forest dropped to 30-25 on the season and 13-16 in league play. The left-handed Wells (Alexandria, Va.) was in command on the mound for the Hokies, as he threw 81 of his 122 pitches for strikes while coercing the Demon Deacons into nine ground ball outs and three strikeouts. He allowed just seven hits and one walk to pick up the win and even his season record at 4-4. The Tech bats were also in gear, as third baseman Bryan Thomas and second baseman Matt Hacker each collected three hits, and first baseman Sean O'Brien and right fielder Nate Parks each tallied two. Although he did give up 12 hits, just three of Wake Forest starter Brad Kledzik's (4-4) eight runs allowed were earned, and he took the loss thanks to the errors by his defense in the first two innings. Tyler Smith and Willy Fox combined for five hits to lead the Demon Deacons' offensive effort. Tech struck first when a dropped foul ball gave leadoff batter O'Brien (Chappaqua, N.Y.) new life in the bottom of the first inning. O'Brien took advantage of the opportunity with a double to left center and came home when Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) grounded a single up the middle with one out. Two more Wake Forest miscues opened the door for the Hokies in the second and they made the most of it, scoring four unearned runs. Designated hitter Anthony Sosnoskie (Front Royal, Va.) started the inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Steve Bumbry (Cockeysville, Md.). After Sean Ryan (Ashburn, Va.) fouled out for the second out of the inning, Hacker (Richmond, Va.) singled up the middle. With Sosnoskie having advance to third, Hacker headed to second as Wake center fielder Ben Terry threw home. Demon Deacon catcher Austin Jones caught Terry's throw and fired wildly to second base in an attempt to retire Hacker, but the throw was errant and permitted Sosnoskie to score while moving Hacker to third. A fielding error at shortstop on a grounder by catcher Matt Foley (Lansdowne, Va.) brought Hacker home with the second run of the inning. After Foley reached second with a stolen base, O'Brien deposited his first home run of the season over the center field fence for a 5-0 Tech lead. Hacker picked up another single to lead off the bottom of the fourth. Foley drew a walk, and with one out in the inning, Parks singled to right to drive in Hacker. Parks also stole a base in the inning to take over sole possession of second place in career steals at Tech with 97. The Hokies extended their lead to 8-0 with a pair in the sixth. Foley reached base with a single and moved to second on an O'Brien ground out. Parks singled to put runners on the corners, and promptly stole his second bag of the contest - and 98th of his career - to move into scoring position. Thomas followed with a bloop single to center that scored both Foley and Parks. Wake Forest finally got on the scoreboard in the seventh with a two-spot on back-to-back RBI singles. After Fox led off with a base hit, he made his way to second on an Andy Goff walk, and to third on a Weldon Woodall fly out. Smith then plated Fox with a base knock, and Michael Murray delivered a pinch-hit single to bring home Goff. Tech will conclude the series with Wake, and its 2007 schedule, on Saturday afternoon at 2.