March 22, 2009
No. 3 Yellow Jackets cruise over Hokies 18-8
Bumbry and Domecus combine to drive in five
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BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech’s eight runs on thirteen hits was not nearly enough as third-ranked Georgia Tech tallied 18 runs on 19 hits to roll by the Hokies 18-8 on Sunday afternoon in an ACC rubber match at English Field.

Yellow Jacket third baseman Matt Skole went 4-for-5 with five RBIs to finish the three-game series 10-of-15 with three homers and 11 runs driven in. He wasn’t without help in this one, however, as center fielder Jeff Rowland went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, shortstop Derek Dietrich went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and four runs scored, and first baseman Tony Plagman went 4-for-5 four RBIs.

Reliever Kevin Jacob earned the win for Georgia Tech to improve to 4-0 and push the Yellow Jackets’ record to 16-2 overall and 6-1 in the ACC. Virginia Tech starter Marc Zecchino was tagged with the loss to fall to 0-2, while the Hokies dropped to 13-8 overall and 2-6 in conference play.

Center fielder Steve Bumbry (Cockeysville, Md.) and catcher Steve Domecus (Novato, Calif.) combined to go 4-for-7 with five RBIs for the Hokies.

Back-to-back walks to lead off the game set the table for a three-run top of the first for the Yellow Jackets. Consecutive one-out singles by Plagman and Skole produced the first two runs of the inning, and right fielder Luke Murton followed with a sacrifice fly to center to score the third run.

Virginia Tech also benefited from a walk in the first when Bumbry drew a free base with one out in the bottom of the inning. Bumbry advanced to third on a single to right by designated hitter Anthony Sosnoskie (Front Royal, Va.) and came home when catcher Domecus bounced a base knock up the middle.

The Hokies used three hits, two hit batsmen and a bases-loaded walk to tie the score at 3-3 in the second. Right fielder Mike Kaminski (Ventura, Calif.) doubled to open the frame and eventually scored on a single by Bumbry with two outs. Left fielder Austin Wates (Richmond, Va.), who also singled in the inning, scored the tying run when Domecus drew a walk from Jackets’ starting pitcher Brandon Cumpton with the bases full.

A dropped foul fly gave Georgia Tech new life in the third and the Yellow Jackets made the most of it to break the tie. The error came with runners at first and third with one out and allowed Murton to bounce into a fielder’s choice that scored the runner from third.

The Hokies responded by taking their first lead in the bottom of the inning. A walk by Kaminski, followed by a single from first baseman Buddy Sosnoskie (Front Royal, Va.), put runners at the corners for sophomore second baseman Michael Seaborn (Atlanta, Ga.). Seaborn delivered an infield single that scored Kaminski. Bumbry then smacked a two-run double with two outs for what would be a short-lived 6-4 advantage.

A five-run outburst by Georgia Tech in the fourth inning put the Hokies in a hole they were never able to escape. A solo homer by catcher Cole Leonida and a RBI single by Plagman tied the score, and Skole put the visitors back in the lead for good with a three-run homer, his third round-tripper of the series.

A pair of two-out Hokie errors allowed the Jackets to add to their lead in the fifth. The two miscues set up an RBI-single by Rowland. An inning later, Plagman and Skole provided run-scoring singles to extend the lead to 12-6.

Georgia Tech continued its onslaught with two runs – RBI singles Dietrich and Plagman – in the seventh inning, and three runs – a sac fly by Rowland and a two-run single by Dietrich – in the eighth.

Pinch-hitter Matt Blow delivered an infield single in the bottom of the eighth to bring home Bumbry for Virginia Tech’s seventh run.

In the ninth, the Yellow Jackets’ Jake Davies hit a solo home run for Georgia Tech’s 18th and final run, while Seaborn scored on an error following a single by Luke Padgett to set the final score.

The Hokies are scheduled to return to action on Tuesday with a 5:30 p.m., game against USC Upstate at English Field.

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