Tech snaps skid with 18-11 win over JMU
Hokies record season-high 19 hits
March 25, 2008
HARRISONBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech baseball team cranked out a season-high 19 hits to defeat James Madison 18-11 on Tuesday at Long Field, snapping a 12-game losing streak in the process. The 18 runs was also a season high for the Hokies, who improved to 8-15 on the season. Freshman Jake Peeling (Waynesboro, Va.) made the first start of his career for Tech, but it was redshirt sophomore Rob Waskiewicz (1-0, Manchester, Md.) who earned the win, tossing four innings in relief as Tech's offense helped out with it's most productive game of the year. Sophomore Kyle Cichy (Vineland, N.J.) finished the game with two scoreless innings to earn his second save. Every Hokie who played had at least one hit and one run scored, with catcher Anthony Sosnoskie (Front Royal, Va.) turning in four base knocks and designated hitter Austin Wates (Richmond, Va.) scoring a team-high four times. Third baseman Michael Seaborn (Atlanta, Ga.) drove in a career-best five runs on a home run and a double. Starter John Mincone (0-2) took the loss for James Madison (15-7), which left 11 runners on base and succumbed to five double plays by the Hokie defense. Right fielder Brett Sellers paced the Dukes by going 4-for-6 with two home runs. The Dukes picked up a pair of runs in the first inning and one in the second to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Alex Foltz and Joe Lake led off with back-to-back walks before Brett Sellers beat out a single. Tech second baseman Matt Hacker's throw beat Peeling - who was covering first on the play - to the bag and sailed into the Tech dugout, allowing Foltz to score and Lake to move to third. Lake then scored on a ground out to shortstop by Matt Browning. JMU's third run also came from Foltz, who got hit by a pitch, moved to second on a walk to Lake, went to third on fielder's choice and came home on a fielding error by shortstop Ty Hohman (Tomball, Texas). The Hokies then exploded for seven runs in a span of three innings to take a 7-3 lead. The first two came in the third when Sosnoskie doubled to the left-center field wall to plate center fielder Sean Ryan (Ashburn, Va.) and first baseman Sean O'Brien (Chappaqua, N.Y.), who had singled and walked, respectively. Four runs came in the fourth for Tech on five singles. Wates and Seaborn scored the first two courtesy of a Hacker base knock, and left fielder Jose Cueto (Miami, Fla), who earlier reached on a bunt single and took third on Ryan's sac bunt, came home on an O'Brien single. Hohman rounded out the inning's scoring by driving in Hacker on a fielder's choice. Wates led off the Tech fifth with a double - one of his three hits on the day. He then scored on Hacker's second RBI single in as many innings. The Dukes added another deuce in the bottom of the fifth to cut Tech's lead to 7-5. After Browning reached on a fielder's choice, he raced around to score when McKinnon Langston delivered an RBI double to left field. Langston touched home on Brett Garner's subsequent single. Virginia Tech once again extended its lead with a four spot in the sixth, all with two outs. Sosnoskie, who reached on a fielder's choice before right fielder Klint Reed (Chesterfield, Va.) walked, scored the first run on a single by Wates. Reed and Wates then trotted home when Seaborn connected for a three-run homer - his third dinger of the year. JMU answered with three runs in its half of the sixth to slice the lead to 11-8. After David Herbek got hit by a pitch from Waskiewicz, Sellers launched his seventh home run of the season to bring him home. Steven Caseres followed with a double and scored on a pinch-hit single by Trevor Knight. The teams traded solo home runs in the eighth, with Sosnoskie lifting his third of the season for the Hokies in the top half, and Sellers crushing his second of the game for JMU in the bottom half. The Dukes managed two more to threaten Tech's lead at 12-11 when Casares scored on a Langston single and Browning scored on a sac fly by Garner, but it wasn't enough as the Hokies countered with a six-run ninth to ice the victory. The Hokies are scheduled for a three-game series with Virginia this weekend at in Charlottesville. First pitch on Friday is set for 6 p.m., while the games on Saturday and Sunday are slated to begin at 1 p.m. Sunday's game will be televised by RSN (Comcast SportsNet, FOX Sports Net South, FOX Sports Florida & New England Sports Network).