Hokies use 23 hits to put away VMI
Wates hits five singles in 14-5 victory
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech baseball team pounded out a season-high 23 hits on its way to a 14-5 beating of VMI on Tuesday evening at English Field.
Eleven different Hokies recorded at least one hit in the contest, while seven had at least two. Right fielder Austin Wates (Richmond, Va..) led the way with a career-best five hits in six at bats, while designated hitter Buddy Sosnoskie (Front Royal, Va.) and center fielder Steve Bumbry (Cockeysville, Md.) each tallied three base knocks apiece.
Tech improved to 11-6 with the win and has now scored in double figures in 10 games – all of which were victories. The Keydets dropped to 8-9 with the loss.
Bumbry and left fielder Steve Domecus (Novato, Calif.) teamed up to put Tech on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning. Bumbry lined a double to left-center field with one out and then scored when Domecus smashed a two-out triple to left.
Bumbry drove in a run in the second to start a six-run Tech outburst. Hokie third baseman Ronnie Shaban (Moseley, Va.) singled to start the frame. After a sacrifice bunt by second baseman Tony Balisteri (Lexington, Va.) and a single off the bat of Wates, Shaban trotted home on a single by Bumbry. A VMI throwing error on the play also allowed Wates to score, and moved Bumbry to second. Catcher Anthony Sosnoskie (Front Royal, Va.) doubled home Bumbry and then scored on a sharp single by Domecus. Buddy Sosnoskie closed out the scoring in the inning with a two-run single.
RBI-doubles by shortstop Ty Hohman (Tomball, Texas) and Buddy Sosnoskie, coupled with a two-run single by Wates, put Tech up 11-0 in the fourth.
After allowing a one-out single to VMI center fielder Jacob Worley in the top of the first, Tech starting pitcher Sean McDermott (Walpole, Mass.) cruised through 11 straight Keydet batters before running into trouble in the fifth inning. The visitor’s bats came alive in that inning, producing five runs on six hits and a Tech throwing error. The Keydets picked up run-scoring doubles from left fielder Brian Sandridge and third baseman Tanner Biagini, RBI-singles from DH Justin Topping and right fielder Sam Roberts, and a sacrifice fly by second baseman A.J. Yoder.
McDermott finished out the fifth inning to earn his second win of the year against one loss. Just two of the five runs the sophomore left-hander allowed were earned. He struck out six batters and did not issue a walk. Reliever Kyle Cichy (Vineland, N.J.) replaced McDermott to open the sixth. Cichy and four other Tech relievers combined to hold the Keydets scoreless over the final four innings.
Hohman tripled and scored as the Hokies increased their lead to 13-5 in the seventh inning. After pinch hitter Klint Reed knocked him in with ground out to short, Balisteri drove in the second run – first baseman Marc Zecchino (Hazlet, N.J.) – of the inning with a single. Tech tacked on another run in the eighth thanks to back-to-back singles by catcher Chris Kay (Marietta, Ga.) and pinch-hitter Mickey White (Earlysville, Va.), followed a batter later by a run-scoring base knock by Zecchino.
The two teams are scheduled to meet again in Blacksburg on Wednesday
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