April 26, 2009
No. 11 Miami claims series from Hokies
Tech falls 11-3 in rubber match
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CORAL GABLES, Fla.The 11th-ranked Miami Hurricanes used three multi-run innings to pull away from Virginia Tech on Sunday at Alex Rodriguez Park, winning 11-3 to claim the Atlantic Coast Conference series two games to one.

The loss dropped the Hokies’ record to 25-17 overall and 10-13 in the ACC, while the Hurricanes improved to 29-14 on the year with a 13-11 league mark.

Miami out-hit the Hokies 13-6 in the contest, putting together three-run innings in the second and fifth frames before capping the contest with a five-run seventh. Tech which was led by first baseman Austin Wates’ two doubles, notched solo runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings.

The first three Miami batters in the second inning reached and scored to give the Hurricanes a 3-0 lead. After Chris Herrmann led things off by drawing a walk, Harold Martinez quickly brought him home by hitting his seventh home run of the year to left field. Dave DiNatale followed with a base hit before stealing second, moving to third on a Thomas Powers groundout, and scoring on a single to center field by Scott Lawson.

The Hokies got on the board in the top of the fourth. Wates set the table with a one-out double, and advanced to third on a hit-and-run groundout to third by catcher Anthony Sosnoskie. Right fielder Mike Kaminski then stroked a first-pitch single through the right side to bring home Wates and cut Miami’s lead to 3-1.

The Hurricanes chased Tech starter Mathew Price from the game in the fifth by scoring three more runs to make it 6-1. After Miami loaded the bases with no outs to start the inning, the Hokies were able to trade a run for a double play, but Herrmann immediately followed with a two-run homer to left that also scored Ted Blackman. Price was lifted from the game at that point, having allowed six runs on seven hits, three walks and four strikeouts. His record was evened at 3-3 after taking the loss.

The Hokies nearly did the same thing to Miami in the top of the sixth, loading the bases with no outs to send starter and winning pitcher Iden Nazario (5-2) to the bench. Tech got a run from Steve Bumbry when Miami reliever Daniel Miranda got a double-play ball out of Kaminski, but the ensuing home run never came, with second baseman Michael Seaborn instead popping out to Miranda.

Ronnie Shaban and Klint Reed teamed up to produce a run in the top of the seventh for Tech, with Shaban hitting a leadoff double and Reed bringing him home with a single, but the Hurricanes countered with five tallies in the bottom half of the inning to put the game out of reach at 11-3. Miami closer Kyle Bellamy, who came on at the end of the seventh to get the final out, finished off the game for a seven-out save – his 12th of the year.

The Hokies are scheduled to return to action at home on Tuesday evening with a 5:30 contest against High Point.

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