Wymer tosses Hokies to 11-3 win over CCSU in home opener
Sophomore transfer retires 18 straight, fans seven
February 29, 2008
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Seven innings of two-hit ball by starter Josh Wymer and a four-hit, four-RBI performance from Jose Cueto lifted the Virginia Tech baseball team to an 11-3 win in its home opener on Friday in the Hawthorn Suites Invitational at English Field. Wymer (Fort Worth, Texas) moved to 2-0 on the young season by allowing just one unearned run and fanning seven Blue Devils. He retired the final 18 batters that he faced, and helped the Hokies to pull even at 3-3 on the year. It was the third straight win for Tech in home openers, and the Hokies have now won 16 of 20 such games since beginning play at English Field in 1989. Wymer got plenty of help from the Hokies' offense, and Cueto in particular, who went a career-high 4-for-5 from the plate with a pair of doubles. He drove in a team-season-high four runs and also scored a pair of his own. First baseman Sean O'Brien (Chappaqua, N.Y.) went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and is now batting .450 with eight walks in six games. Catcher Anthony Sosnoskie (Front Royal, Va.) only tallied one hit, but that extended his career-high hitting streak to nine games dating back to last season. He also walked twice and scored twice. Starter Taylor Kosakowski took the loss for the Blue Devils (0-1) by allowing nine runs (seven earned) in four innings. Right fielder Jak Kidd hit a run-scoring triple to pace the offense. Tech used five hits and a Central Connecticut State error to post five runs in the bottom of the first inning. After freshman designated hitter Austin Wates (Richmond, Va.) reached on a fielding error to open the inning, center fielder Sean Ryan (Ashburn, Va.) reached on a bunt single. Wates and Ryan moved up on a double steal, and O'Brien followed with a single to score Wates for the first run. Sosnoskie drew a walk to load the bases and a single by Cueto (Miami, Fla.) brought home Ryan. A one-out single off the bat of right fielder Steve Bumbry (Cockeysville, Md.) drove in two more runs, while freshman shortstop Tony Balisteri (Lexington, Va.) closed out the first-inning scoring with a two-out single. Central Connecticut State scored a run in the top of the second when third baseman Anthony Scialdone got on base thanks to a two-base fielding error by the Hokies. A single by first baseman Tommy Meade moved him to third and from there, Wymer balked him home. The Hokies responded in the bottom of the inning with Cueto singling home two more runs. The Tech senior outfielder picked up another RBI when he doubled in the fourth inning. Bumbry also walked with the bases loaded in that inning to increase the lead to 9-1. Tech's final runs came on a two-run double by redshirt freshman third baseman Matt Blow (Richmond, Va.) in the eighth inning. The Blue Devils tacked on two runs in the top of the ninth when left fielder Casey Walko walked and then came around to score on the triple by Kidd. Kidd scored the final run when designated hitter Pat Epps grounded out to shortstop. Tech and CCSU are scheduled to meet again in a double-header on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.