March 9, 2009
Hokies fall to Bryant
Seaborn, Kaminski homer in 7-5 loss
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Virginia Tech (9-4) 010010201593
  • English Field - 287

BLACKSBURG, Va.Playing a rare Monday afternoon non-conference game, the Virginia Tech baseball team dropped a 7-5 decision to visiting Bryant University at English Field.

The setback dropped the Hokies’ overall mark to 9-4, while Bryant improved to 4-2.

Bryant wasted little time getting on the scoreboard against Tech starting pitcher Sean McDermott (Walpole, Mass.). Leadoff batter Pat McKenna singled to right field to start the game for the Bulldogs, and second baseman Dylan Stone followed with a bunt single. Following a sacrifice bunt, McKenna came home as Pat O’Connor grounded out to shortstop. Catcher Jeff Vigurs punched another single to right field to score Stone before first baseman Jamie Skagerlind launched a ball that carried to deep center. Tech center fielder Klint Reed (Chesterfield, Va.) tracked down the fly ball only to see it dislodged from his glove when he crashed head-on into the center field fence. As Reed lay stunned, Vigurs and Skagerlind rounded the bases for an inside-the-park home run. Reed was treated and returned to the field with the visitors leading 4-0.

Tech picked up a run in the second on right fielder Mike Kaminski’s first home run of the season, but the Bulldogs bounced back in the top of the third when a Tech throwing error opened the door for a two-run homer down the right field line by Vigurs.

The teams traded runs in the fifth. The Bulldogs increased their lead to 7-1 in the top of the inning. McKenna was hit by a McDermott pitch to open the inning. After moving to second on a sacrifice bunt, the Bryant shortstop scored when O’Connor bounced a two-out single through the left side off reliever Brandon Fisher (New Castle, Va.). The Hokies countered with catcher Steve Domecus (Novato, Calif.) singling home left fielder Austin Wates (Richmond, Va.), who had reached on a fielder’s choice.

Bryant starting pitcher Dan Lozeau baffled Tech batters for six innings before running into trouble in the bottom of the seventh. Lozeau gave up a single to Reed and walked Michael Seaborn (Atlanta, Ga.) to start the inning. After retiring Wates on a fly to left, the Bulldog right-hander was replaced by reliever Matt Griswold, who was greeted by back-to-back singles from first baseman Anthony Sosnoskie (Front Royal, Va.) and Domecus. Domecus’ base knock produced two runs, cutting the deficit to 7-4.

Seaborn made some noise in the bottom of the ninth with a solo homer, but it wasn’t enough for the Hokies, who lost their third-straight decision.

Lozeau earned the win after fanning seven Hokies through 6.1 innings of work. He allowed four runs on six hits and four walks. McDermott took the loss to fall to 1-1. He struck out four on five hits through 4.1 innings, allowing seven runs (five earned). Fisher tossed a career-high 4.2 innings of shutout ball, striking out three.

In addition to the home runs by Kaminski (Ventura, Calif.) and Seaborn, Domecus helped Tech by going 2-for-4 with three RBIs, and Ty Hohman (Tomball, Texas) was 3-for-3.

Tech is scheduled to return to action on Tuesday at Radford University, with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.

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