Bumbry's squeeze bunt lifts Hokies to 5-4 win over Davidson
Willson scores game winner in bottom of the ninth
April 8, 2008
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Tied 4-4 with Davidson heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, the Virginia Tech baseball team employed a suicide squeeze bunt to steal a one-run victory in dramatic fashion on Tuesday night at English Field. After designated hitter Michael Seaborn (Atlanta, Ga.) reached first with a one-out single, redshirt junior Travis Willson (Virginia Beach, Va.) came on to pinch run and raced to third on third baseman Matt Blow's subsequent single. Sophomore Steve Bumbry (Cockeysville, Md.) then came on to pinch hit and dropped down a suicide squeeze bunt as Willson took off for home. Davidson pitcher Mike Frongello made a great play on the ball, but the Wildcat catcher couldn't secure the tag in time and the Hokies spilled out of the dugout to celebrate their 12th win of the season (12-20). Davidson fell to 8-19. The Hokies spotted Davidson a run on a first-inning RBI-single by shortstop Zach Kayne before starting to build a lead of their own. Junior outfielder Klint Reed (Chesterfield, Va.) produced run-scoring singles in both the first and third innings for Tech, while second baseman Austin Wates (Richmond, Va.) collected an RBI with a first-inning sacrifice fly and Blow (Richmond, Va.) brought home a run with a second-inning ground out. Davidson erased the 4-1 Tech lead with a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth. Back-to-back singles by Chris FitzPatrick and Shane Hammond preceded a run-scoring groundout by third baseman Matt Ray in the fourth. A one-out double by left fielder Brett Shore and a walk to Kayne then set the stage for the fifth-inning runs. Chase FitzPatrick knocked in Shore with a single, and Danny Weiss followed with a double that brought home Kayne with the game-tying run. Starting pitchers Josh Wymer (Fort Worth, Texas) of Tech and Brant West of Davidson both left the game with two outs in their half of the fifth inning. Reliever Kyle Cichy (Vineland, N.J.) got the call for the Hokies and responded with 4.1 innings of shutout ball, allowing just three hits while striking out to earn his first collegiate win (1-0). Submariner Mike Frongello (2-4) was tagged with the loss for Davidson after entering the game in the deciding ninth. The Hokies return to the field on Wednesday with a 5:30 p.m. tilt with VCU at English Field.