April 10, 2009
Hokies top Terps 5-3
Bumbry hits RBI triple and a homer, Rowen gets first save
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Maryland (15-18) 020100000361
  • Shipley Field - 415

COLLEGE PARK, MdAn RBI triple and a solo home run by Steve Bumbry was enough to lift the Virginia Tech baseball team to a 5-3 win over host Maryland on Friday night at Shipley Field.

The center fielder’s two hits were just a part of Tech’s 12 total, as left fielder Klint Reed, catcher Steve Domecus, right fielder Mike Kaminski and second baseman Michael Seaborn all provided two base knocks apiece.

The Hokie pitchers also did their part, limiting the Terrapins to six hits on the night, which was just one hit shy of a season low for a Tech opponent. Starter Rhett Ballard went seven innings to earn his fourth win of the season, allowing three Maryland runs on six hits and five walks. Lefty Dave Zappacosta and righty Ben Rowen combined to hold the Terps hitless over the final two frames, with Rowen picking up his first save as a Hokie.

With the win, the Hokies improved to 19-12 overall and 5-10 in the ACC, while Maryland dropped to 15-18 overall and 4-12 in conference play.

The Hokies jumped out to a quick lead with three runs in the top of the first. Reed led off the game with a hard-hit single past the Maryland shortstop, and then moved to second when Domecus extended his hitting streak to 24 games with a single to left. In the next at-bat, first baseman Anthony Sosnoskie crushed a pitch to center, but Shipley Field’s nearly 25-foot fence kept the ball in play and limited Sosnoskie to a double, with Reed scoring on the play and Domecus holding up at third. Kaminski followed with a grounder to third that scored Domecus, but an errant throw to first allowed Sosnoskie to touch home as well.

Tech added one more in the top of the second when Seaborn, who led off with a double off the fence, came around to score on a two-out triple to the right-field corner by Bumbry.

The Terps answered back in the bottom of the second when second baseman Matthew Murakami sent a two-run single to center field that plated first baseman Will Greenberg, who had walked, and left fielder Gerry Spessard, who had doubled.

Spessard was back at it in the fourth, sending a solo home run high over the right-field wall to cut Tech’s lead to 4-3.

Bumbry got a hold of another one in the top of the seventh, sending his fifth home run of the season deep into the right-field sky to give Ballard a two-run cushion at 5-3.

The two squads are scheduled to play game two of the series on Saturday at 4 p.m.

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