April 18, 2009
Wright helps Hokies clinch series over No. 18 Clemson
Tech to go for sweep on Sunday at 11 a.m.
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Virginia Tech (24-12) 20301001X7131
  • English Field - 2,672

BLACKSBURG, Va. The Virginia Tech baseball team continued its excellent play on Saturday night before a season-high crowd of 2,672 fans, clinching its second straight ACC series with a 7-3 victory over No. 18 Clemson in game two at English Field.

Wearing their throwback uniforms, the Hokies pushed their winning streak eight games – their longest such streak since winning 14 straight in 1999 – and improved to 24-12 on the year and 9-10 in the ACC. The 24 wins marks Tech’s largest win total since winning 29 games in 2004. Clemson dropped to 25-14 overall and 11-9 in league play.

The Hokies were able to stay hot thanks in large part to starting pitcher Justin Wright. The sophomore left-hander took a perfect game into the fifth inning, and wound up allowing just two runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks over eight-plus frames of work. He struck out five batters and improved his record to 4-1 on the year.

But Tech’s hitters continued to do their part as well, racking up 13 hits on the night, including four doubles and a home run. The Nos. 2-5 hitters combined to go 9-for-16 with four runs scored and seven RBIs, while third baseman Ty Hohman delivered a pair of doubles from his spot in the nine hole.

Tech’s first two batters of the game provided the Hokies with an early 2-0 advantage. Leadoff hitter Klint Reed took the second pitch he saw to right-center field for a double, and junior Steve Bumbry followed with a shot to straightaway center field that served as his ninth home run of the season, and his fifth in the past six games.

The Hokies added three more runs in the third inning to take a 5-0 lead. After Hohman led off with his first double of the night, he moved to third when Clemson starter Justin Sarratt issued back-to-back walks to Reed and Bumbry. An Anthony Sosnoskie single plated Hohman before the Tigers coerced designated hitter Steve Domecus into a 1-2-3 double play, leaving Bumbry at third and Sosnoskie at second. First baseman Austin Wates took care of them, though, bringing both home on a base knock to right-center field.

Bumbry led off the fifth when he was hit by a pitch, and he sped around to third on a base hit by Sosnoskie. Domecus then lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to bring Bumbry home for the Hokies’ sixth run of the contest.

Clemson picked up its first run of the game on a solo home run by catcher John Nester in the top of the eighth, but Tech got it right back in the home half when Hohman scored on a double by Domecus.

The Tigers picked up two unearned runs in the ninth, but Tech reliever Ben Rowen was able to record three outs in relief of Wright to seal the win for the Hokies.

Due to the threat of rain in the early afternoon on Sunday, game three of the series has been moved up two hours and will now begin at 11 a.m.

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