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March 31, 2009
Tech shuts out JMU 4-0
Hokies post first shutout since 2007
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HARRISONBURG, Va.Five Virginia Tech pitchers combined to post the Hokie baseball team’s first shutout in nearly two years by tossing Tech to a 4-0 defeat of James Madison on Tuesday afternoon at Long Field.

None of Tech’s hurlers threw more than three innings as the Hokies breezed through one of the shortest, most efficient games of the season, with the Tech defense chipping in by going errorless for the seventh time this year.

Freshman Clark Labitan started for the Hokies and because it was predetermined that he would not go five innings (he pitched two), he was eligible for the win, thus improving to 4-1. Rhett Ballard (two innings), Kyle Cichy (one), Brandon Fisher (three) and Ben Rowen (one) helped close out the game to record Tech’s first shutout since blanking VMI on May 9, 2007. It was the first time that James Madison had been held scoreless in 84 games.

The Hokies improved to 16-10 on the season while the Dukes fell to 15-13.

The Hokies picked up a run in the top of the first with the help of a wild pitch by JMU starter Justin Wood. After right fielder Mike Kaminski led off the game with a first-pitch single, he moved to second on a walk by center fielder Steve Bumbry and then to third on the wild pitch before catcher Anthony Sosnoskie sent a sacrifice fly to right field to bring him home.

Tech used three hits to add a pair of runs in the third inning. After Kaminski collected his second single of the game, he raced around to score two batters later when left fielder Steve Domecus lofted a double into the right-center field gap to extend his hitting streak to 19 games. Sosnoskie immediately followed with a base hit to right field to bring home Domecus and make it 3-0 Hokies.

The Hokies extended their lead to 4-0 in the sixth when Sosnoskie, who led off the frame with a single, moved to second on a groundout by shortstop Ronnie Shaban before motoring home on a single by second baseman Michael Seaborn.

For the game, Sosnoskie went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored, while Kaminski and Klint Reed also collected two hits apiece.

The Hokies are scheduled to return to action this weekend with a three-game ACC series against Wake Forest at English Field. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m. on Friday, while Saturday’s and Sunday’s games will begin at 1 p.m.

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