April 12, 2009
Hokies record first-ever ACC sweep with 5-0 win over Terps
Tech pitchers turn in second shutout of season
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COLLEGE PARK, MdThe Virginia Tech baseball team broke out the brooms for the first time as an ACC member on Sunday afternoon at Shipley Field, beating Maryland 5-0 to complete its first three-game conference series sweep since joining the league prior to the 2005 season.

Now 21-12 overall and 7-10 in league play, the Hokies are riding an ACC-best five-game winning streak, and have matched their highest conference win total since joining the ACC. They also won seven league games in 2005 and 2007, and Tech still has four ACC series to play this year. Maryland fell to 15-20 overall and 4-13 in league play with the loss.

The Tech pitching staff was once again excellent, having recorded its second shutout over the past two weeks. Starter Mathew Price went six innings to earn his third win of the year, allowing just three hits and four walks, while striking out six. Relievers Jesse Hahn and Ben Rowen tag-teamed the final three innings, serving up just one hit each. Rowen earned his second save of the series after tossing the final 2.2 frames, including a huge, inning-ending, bases-loaded double play in the bottom of the seventh. The Hokie bullpen combined to throw seven shutout innings in the series, recording saves in each contest.

Tech wasted little time getting on the board in this one, jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when right fielder Mike Kaminski scored on a wild pitch by Maryland starting pitcher Brett Jones. Kaminski had doubled and moved to third on an Anthony Sosnoskie single.

The Hokies got back at it in the fifth thanks to an RBI single by Sosnoskie. His brother, first baseman Buddy, set the table by singling with one out before stealing second. Three batters later, the Tech catcher brought him home with a base knock up the middle that accounted his 37th RBI of the season, matching his total from the entire 2008 campaign after just 33 games.

Tech broke things open a bit in the seventh with three runs to make it 5-0. Left fielder Klint Reed and Kaminski each reached on singles to lead off the frame, and two batters later, designated hitter Austin Wates was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out. Center fielder Steve Bumbry, who drove in the go-ahead runs on both Friday and Saturday, then delivered a two-run single to right that plated both Reed and Kaminski. Wates moved to third on the play, and after second baseman Michael Seaborn was hit by a pitch, shortstop Ronnie Shaban hit into a fielder’s choice that allowed Wates to touch home.

The Hokies are scheduled to return to action on Wednesday with a road game at High Point beginning at 6 p.m.

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