April 5, 2009
Wright tosses complete game to down Wake Forest 3-2
Reed hits game-winning home run in the eighth
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BLACKSBURG, Va. Sophomore starting pitcher Justin Wright’s second career complete game, combined with senior Klint Reed’s game-winning home run in the eighth inning, lifted the Virginia Tech baseball team to a 3-2 win over visiting Wake Forest on Sunday at English Field.

Wright’s nine innings pitched was the longest outing for a Tech pitcher this season, and his eight strikeouts were one shy of his career high. The Chesterfield, Va., native struck out nine batters against Bucknell earlier this season, and his other complete game came against top-ranked Miami last May. In this one, he scattered eight hits and didn’t issue a walk as he improved his record to 2-1.

Reed’s first home run of the season couldn’t have come at a better time for the Hokies, as he delivered it in bottom of the eighth with the game knotted at two. He was the first batter up for the Hokies in the decisive frame, and he lined the solo shot just over the left field fence to lift the Hokies to 17-12 overall and 4-10 in the ACC. Wake Forest slipped to 17-12, with a 5-10 conference mark.

Reed, also from Chesterfield, went 2-for-4 with a two runs scored in the contest, as he also led off the game with a hit and a run. Catcher Anthony Sosnoskie delivered two base knocks in the game, and designated hitter Steve Domecus extended his hitting streak to 22 games.

The Hokies used a four-hit first inning to stake a 2-0 lead. Reed and center fielder Steve Bumbry led off with back-to-back singles before Domecus flew out. Sosnoskie followed with a base knock to plate Reed, and right fielder Mike Kaminski delivered a single of his own to score Bumbry.

Wright and Wake Forest starter Garrett Bullock proceeded to zoom through the next five innings, as the score remained 2-0 entering the seventh. But that’s when Wake Forest got those two runs back. Wright hit leadoff batter Weldon Woodall with a pitch before allowing a double to first baseman Tyler Smith. Third baseman Carlos Lopez then followed with a single to left field that scored Woodall. Tech retired the next two batters, but Wake center fielder Steven Brooks followed with an infield single that brought home Smith to tie the game at two.

The Hokies are scheduled to return to action on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., with a home contest against Gardner-Webb.

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