March 28, 2009
Hokie slug their way to 11-7 win over Wolfpack
Seaborn, Shaban each record career-high four hits

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Virginia Tech baseball team used another prolific offensive performance on Saturday to defeat N.C. State 11-7 in ACC action at Doak Field. The game was the first of a scheduled double-header after rain postponed Friday’s game, but game two was also postponed due to rain and the two squads will now play two on Sunday beginning at noon.

The Hokies pounded out 18 hits to record their 12th double-digit hit game of the year and their sixth with 18 hits or more. They also moved to 11-0 when scoring at least 10 runs and improved their overall record to 15-8 (3-6 in the ACC).

Five Hokies had multiple hits in the game, with right fielder Austin Wates and catcher Anthony Sosnoskie recording three apiece and second baseman Michael Seaborn and third baseman Ronnie Shaban each tallying a career-high four. While Sosnoskie hit his sixth home run of the season, it was Shaban who had the big day, recording four RBIs to go with his first collegiate home run and a double. Domecus extended his hitting streak to 16 games, while Wates pushed his streak to 10 games.

Though N.C. State (13-12, 3-7 ACC) managed seven runs, four Tech pitchers combined to hold the Wolfpack to just five hits in the game, with reliever Ben Rowen (3-0) earning the win after tossing the final 2.2 innings.

The Wolfpack got on the board first in the bottom of the second inning. After center fielder Kyle Wilson reached on a fielding error, first baseman Pat Ferguson doubled him to third. Second baseman Russell Wilson then pushed him across the plate with an RBI groundout to second base to make it 1-0.

The Hokies scored a pair in the top of the third to briefly claim a 2-1 lead. After Shaban singled and designated hitter Klint Reed walked to lead off the inning, center fielder Steve Bumbry beat out a bunt single to load the bases. Wates then brought home Shaban with a fielder’s choice grounder to second before Domecus drove in Reed with a sacrifice fly to right field.

N.C. State tied things up at two in the very next at bat with an unearned run off of Tech starter Rhett Ballard. After pinch-hitter Andrew Ciencin was hit by a pitch, he moved to second when left fielder John Gianis drew a walk. Shortstop Dallas Poulk then dropped down a sacrifice bunt to Ballard, but his throw to first got away, allowing Ciencin to score from second.

Tech got its lead back in the sixth as the first three Hokies to step to the plate ended up scoring. Shortstop Ty Hohman singled, first baseman Marc Zecchino walked and Seaborn bunt singled to load the bases for Shaban, who sent a base hit to right field to score both Hohman and Zecchino. Three batters later, Wates ripped a single through the middle to bring home Seaborn and make it 5-2 Hokies.

The Wolfpack did the Hokies one better in their half of the sixth, scoring four to take a brief 6-5 lead. Tech reliever Clark Labitan loaded the bases by hitting Russell Wilson and walking catcher Chris Schaeffer and Gianis. Poulk brought home Wilson for the frame’s first run with a sacrifice fly to right before designated hitter Pratt Maynard plated Schaeffer on a single through the right side. Gianis and Maynard both scored on a base knock to left field by right fielder Brian Bello.

Tech didn’t trail for long, as Sosnoskie lifted his sixth home run of the season deep to left field to lead off the seventh and knot the game at six runs apiece.

The Hokies notched a pair in the eighth to stake an 8-6 lead. Wates fisted a single to right with one out before Domecus was hit by a pitch and Sosnoskie was walked to load the bases. Hohman then hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Wates, but an errant Wolfpack throw while trying to complete the double play allowed Domecus to come home from second.

Tech put the game away with a three-run ninth. After Seaborn picked up his fourth single of the day, Shaban cranked his first career home run over the center field fence. Buddy Sosnoskie, who had pinch hit for Reed in the seventh, reached on a throwing error before Mike Kaminski came in to pinch run for him. Kaminski then moved to second and third on base hits by Bumbry and Wates, respectively, before coming home on Domecus’ second sacrifice fly of the game to right field.

N.C. State’s Kyle Wilson added a single run in the ninth when he scored from second on a base hit by Russell Wilson.

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