BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech baseball team bounced back from a loss to East Tennessee State on Tuesday to defeat the Buccaneers in Wednesday’s rematch by a score of 10-2 at English Field.
The Hokies (5-1) got those 10 runs on just nine hits, as the Bucs (3-1) committed four errors on the day. Sophomore second baseman Tony Balisteri drove in three of those runs by going 2-for-4, while catcher Steve Domecus launched a two-run home run to extend his hitting streak to six games.
By design, the Hokies used five pitchers in the game, so starter Clark Labitan got credited with the win after tossing the first two innings. Redshirt sophomore Brandon Fisher pitched a career-high three innings and fanned a career-high five batters in relief, while sophomore Jesse Hahn struck out the side in the ninth. Junior Kyle Cichy and freshman Ronnie Shaban also contributed scoreless work out of the pen.
ETSU starter Ben Andrews took the loss to fall to 0-1 despite throwing six innings of two-hit ball. All four of his runs allowed were unearned.
After scoring just three runs in the loss to the Buccaneers on Tuesday, Tech posted three runs in the first inning of Wednesday’s matchup. A two-out fielding error by ETSU third baseman Bo Reeder opened the door for the Hokies. After reaching on the error, Tech designated hitter Austin Wates stole second and scored the first run on a single by first baseman Anthony Sosnoskie. Domecus followed with his second home run of the season, a deep shot to left field.
Tech third baseman Michael Seaborn’s two-out fielding error helped
Right fielder Mike Kaminski reached on another ETSU fielding error to start the bottom of the second for Tech. Kaminski went to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on center fielder Steve Bumbry’s grounder to first and scored as Balisteri bounced out to the shortstop.
ETSU’s Andrews settled down after the first inning, holding the Hokies hitless for five innings before giving way to reliever Taylor Gouffon to start the seventh inning. Andrews retired 15 of the last 16 batters he faced after Kaminski reached in the second.
Tech put the game away in the seventh inning by scoring six runs. Gouffon walked Seaborn to open the frame and wild pitched him to second. Kaminski then reached on an infield single before Bumbry doubled to score Seaborn and chase Gouffon. Balisteri greeted new Bucs’ pitcher Darren Caldwell with a two-run single to break open the game. The Hokies added two more runs in the inning, with shortstop Ty Homan contributing a sacrifice fly and Sosnoskie picking up an RBI-single.
The Hokies are scheduled to continue their homestand on Friday when Bucknell comes to town for a three-game set.
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