Tech, which lost just its third game when scoring 10 runs or more (as compared to 13 wins), fell to 24-14 with the setback. William & Mary improved to 17-20.
The Hokies battered Tribe starter Cole Shain for nine runs (eight earned) on 10 hits throughout the first four innings, but relievers Garrison Sarrett and Matt Davenport limited Tech to one run on three hits over the final five frames.
Sophomore Brandon Fisher made his first career start on the mound for the Hokies and tied a career high with five strikeouts over four innings. Reliever Ben Rowen, who got the final out of the eighth inning, surrendered all six runs in the ninth, though just two of them were earned. He took his first loss of the year and is now 3-1.
The Tribe jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to four singles in the top of the second. Second baseman James Williamson’s base knock scored first baseman Tadd Bower, while shortstop Lanny Stanfield’s base hit brought home Williamson. Williamson had advanced to second on a single by catcher Chris Jensen.
The Hokies got to Shain in the bottom of the third, scoring six runs on five hits, a pair of walks and an error. Left fielder Klint Reed got things started with a two-out single before moving to second on a wild pitch. He then went to third following a walk to center fielder Steve Bumbry and an infield single by first baseman Austin Wates. Catcher Steve Domecus followed with a bloop single to shallow right field that plated Reed and Bumbry, and a bobble by the Tribe’s second baseman allowed Wates to race home as well. After Domecus moved second on a wild pitch and designated hitter Anthony Sosnoskie walked, right fielder Mike Kaminski sent his third home run of the season over the left field wall to make it 6-0 in Tech’s favor.
Tech added its seventh tally in the bottom of the fourth when shortstop Ronnie Shaban, who had led off with a double, advanced to third on a ball hit up the middle by third baseman Ty Hohman. William & Mary’s second baseman was able to stop the ball deep behind the bag on the play, but his throw to first was wide, allowing Shaban to scamper home.
The Tribe narrowed the gap to 8-5 in the top of the fifth inning. After Stanfield led off with a double, a Derrick Osteen single moved him to third and a Tyler Stampone sacrifice fly brought him to the plate. Bower later doubled to bring home both Osteen and right fielder Rob Nickle, who had also singled.
The Hokies got those three runs right back in the bottom half of the fifth to push their advantage to 10-5. Domecus began the frame with a double to the left field corner that the fielder mishandled, allowing him to move to third. Sosnoskie quickly plated Domecus with a single before moving to second on a walk issued to Kaminski. Second baseman Michael Seaborn then hit into a fielder’s choice that moved Sosnoskie to third and eliminated Kaminski. A balk by Tribe reliever Garrison Sarrett brought Sosnoskie home and moved Seaborn to second. Seaborn advanced to third on a groundout by Shaban and then raced home on a wild pitch by Sarrett.
William & Mary kept chipping away in the sixth and seventh innings, with a two-run homer by Jeff Jones providing the scoring in the sixth, and an RBI groundout by designated hitter Chris Forsten moving the score to 10-8 in the seventh.
The Tribe completed their comeback, and overtook the Hokies, with six runs on five hits in the top of the ninth. Bower registered an RBI single and Forsten delivered a run-scoring fielder’s choice to tie things up at 10, while an RBI groundout by Jensen proved to be the winning play. Stanfield produced a two-run double for good measure, while Jones set the final score at 14-10 with a run-scoring base knock.
The Hokies are scheduled to return to action on Wednesday with a 3 p.m. road contest at
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