Center fielder Steve Bumbry and shortstop Ronnie Shaban combined to drive in 14 runs for the Hokies, who banged out 21 hits and tied a season high by drawing eight walks. Bumbry went 4-for-7 with three home runs and four runs scored, while Shaban finished 3-for-6 with a pair of homers, including a grand slam. Both drove in a career-high seven runs apiece, while Bumbry became the first Hokie to hit three bombs in a game since Sean O’Brien did so against
Not to be forgotten, right fielder Mike Kaminski went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and four RBIs, raising his batting average to a season-high .414. Designated hitter Ty Hohman and left fielder Klint Reed also each tallied three hits apiece, as all but one Hokie starter recorded at least one hit. Every Hokie starter scored at least one run.
With the win, Tech improved to 22-12 overall and 15-2 in non-conference games, while
The Hokies batted around in the first inning to jump out to a 6-0 lead, with Kaminski registering a two-run single, Hohman delivering a one-run single, and Shaban cranking a three-run homer, his third of the year.
The Panthers added three runs in the second to make it 7-4, thanks to an RBI double by shortstop Alfie Wheeler and a two-run double from Alvino.
Tech got right back at it with a home run in each of its next two turns at bat, with Bumbry adding another three-run shot in the third – his sixth – and Kaminski smashing a solo bomb in the fourth – his second. Third baseman Tony Balisteri, seeing his first action since breaking his hand on March 22, also delivered a run-scoring single in the fourth to make 12-4 Hokies.
Bumbry took over the team lead in homers during the fifth inning when he sent his second long ball of the game, and seventh of the season, deep to right-center field to give Tech a seven-run advantage. But the Hokies were far from done, as Hohman added another RBI single before Shaban launched a grand slam to left-center field to set a new Tech season high with seven RBIs, giving the Hokies an 18-6 lead in the process.
The Hokies continued their outburst over the next two frames, with second baseman Michael Seaborn contributing an RBI double in the sixth before Bumbry obliterated a three-run homer – his third round-tripper of the game – deep into the night sky to set the new Hokie season high in runs.
The Panthers added five runs in their half of the seventh and one in the eighth, but all that did was cut the Hokie lead to nine runs at 22-13.
The Hokies are scheduled to play host to 18th-ranked Clemson this weekend at English Field. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, while Sunday’s game will begin at 1 p.m.
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