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With the Tech pitching staff running low on fresh arms and needing a lengthy outing, Zecchino delivered in a big way, tossing his first career complete game and earning his first win as a collegiate. He tied a personal best with five strikeouts, while allowing eight hits and just one walk. In his past two outings, Zecchino (1-3) has allowed just two earned runs over 15 innings, lowering his ERA by nearly four full points.
But he wasn’t alone in this one, as the Tech bats showed some power with three home runs. The Hokies had only hit two homers over their previous eight games combined. First baseman Austin Wates, second baseman Michael Seaborn and right fielder Mike Kaminski went yard in Tuesday’s win, as the Hokies put together nine hits to go with nine walks doled out by the Panthers’ pitching staff.
Tech jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a pair of two-run homers – one from Wates and one from Seaborn. Wates’ third long ball of the year scored left fielder Klint Reed, who had led off with a single, while Seaborn’s fifth of the year plated designated hitter Anthony Sosnoskie, who had walked.
The Hokies tacked on another couple of runs in the third with their third two-run bomb of the game – this one by Kaminski. It was his fifth round-tripper of the season and it brought home Wates, who had singled.
Tech added a pair of runs in the sixth to push its lead to 8-1. The first was tallied by Seaborn, who walked and came around to score on a double by shortstop Ronnie Shaban. Shaban then motored home on an RBI base knock to left by third baseman Tony Balisteri.
Tech scored one more run in the eighth for good measure, as center fielder Steve Bumbry laced a base hit up the middle to score catcher Chris Kay from second. Kay had walked for the third consecutive time before moving to second on single by Reed.
The Hokies are scheduled to return to the field on Wednesday evening with a 5:30 home contest against Radford, a game that was rescheduled from March 3 after being postponed due to inclement weather.
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