The Hokies improved to 7-1 with the two wins (10-4 in game one and 2-1 in game two), and have recorded their best start to a season since going 10-0-1 to begin the 1992 campaign. The Bison fell to 0-6.
Originally scheduled for a twin-bill on Saturday, the two squads decided just before 2 p.m. to play the doubleheader on Friday after looking at Saturday’s weather forecast and seeing that playing just one game would be a tough task.
The third and final game of the series has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Tech opened the scoring in game two by plating a pair in the bottom of the fourth. Designated hitter Anthony Sosnoskie (Front Royal,
That was all it took to lock up the victory, as Wright (
Wright’s nine strikeouts surpassed his previous high of seven, which he tallied on four different occasions as a freshman. He allowed just five hits and walked none in seven innings of work. Rowen pitched one-third of an inning before Hahn came in to record a five-out save, the first of his career.
Frahler was tagged with the loss to fall 0-2.
Bucknell put a run on the board during the first inning of the opener. Bison lead-off man Ben Allen doubled to deep left field and then moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by second baseman Ben Yoder. A sacrifice fly to center by catcher B.J LaRosa plated Allen.
After managing just two hits against Bucknell starting pitcher Dylan Seeley during the first three innings, Tech tied the game in the fourth. Designated hitter Austin Wates (
Tech went ahead an inning latter when center fielder Steve Bumbry (Cockeysville, Md.) drew a lead-off walk, took second on Seaborn’s second single of the game and move to third as second baseman Tony Balisteri (Lexington, Va.) grounded into a double play. The Bison replaced Seeley with reliever Chris Yamaguchi, who soon there after uncorked a ball-four wild pitch that allowed Bumbry to score.
Following the opening inning, Tech starting pitcher Rhett Ballard (
The Hokies gave Ballard some breathing room with three runs in the bottom of the seventh, then broke the game open with a five-run eighth. Wates brought home the first two runs in the seventh with a double and Sosnoskie followed with another two-bagger to plate Wates. Klint Reed (
Ballard pitched 7.1 innings to pick up his second win of the season. He gave up one run on seven hits, while striking out eight batters and walking just one. Rowen struck out both batters he faced in the eighth, but the Bison managed three runs on four hits against junior right-hander Kyle Cichy (
Seeley took the loss to fall to 0-2.
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