Sosnoskie’s game-winner came with the Hokies down 3-2 and the bases loaded after designated hitter Steve Domecus extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a bunt single. Tech only had six hits in the game, but Sosnoskie’s was all that mattered as the Hokies improved to 14-8 overall and 12-2 in non-conference play.
Tech reliever Ben Rowen picked up his second win of the season after getting the last out of the decisive seventh and pitching a scoreless eighth. Redshirt sophomore Brandon Fisher collected his second save in the last three games after tossing a one-hit ninth.
The Spartans got on the board first with a run in the top of the opening inning. With catcher Jimmy Tanner and first baseman Phillip Morgan on first and second following back-to-back singles, designated hitter Austin Moyer lifted a lazy fly ball to shallow left field. Three Hokies converged on it, but the ball went in and out of one of the Tech mitts to allow Tanner to race home from second.
Tech answered back with a tally of its own in the bottom half of the first. After center fielder Steve Bumbry reached on a fielder’s choice, Austin Wates, making his first career start at first base, brought him home with a double to the left field corner.
The Hokies added another score in the second after Upstate starter Brian Dempsey walked the bases loaded. He then hit Bumbry with what ended up being his last pitch before being pulled and Tech right fielder Mike Kaminski waltzed in for the Hokies’ second run.
Upstate tied it up again in the top of the fourth. Left fielder Jacob Breen led off with a single before advancing to second on a Keith Bisgounis single and to third on a wild pitch by Tech reliever Kyle Cichy, who entered the game for starter Josh Wymer at the start of the inning. Breen came home to score on a fielder’s choice grounder by second baseman Branden Millhouse.
The Spartans broke the tie in the top of the seventh when center fielder Kyle Simpson sent a single to right field to score third baseman Jeff Medley, who had singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Millhouse.
The Hokies took the lead for the good in the bottom of the seventh thanks to the bases-clearing double by Sosnoskie. After Bumbry and Wates led off with walks, Domecus dropped down a bunt single to load the bags for Sosnoskie, who sent his sixth double of the season to left center field to set the final score.
Tech is scheduled to return to action on Wednesday night with a 5:30 home game against VCU.
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