May 3, 2009
No. 9 Seminoles complete sweep of Tech
Florida State wins 9-4
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. The Virginia Tech baseball team suffered its first three-game sweep in over a year on Sunday, falling 9-4 to ninth-ranked Florida State in the final game of a three-game ACC series at Dick Howser Stadium.

Tech fell to 27-20 overall and 10-16 in the ACC with the loss, while the Seminoles improved to 33-12 overall and 18-7 in league play with their 12th consecutive win.

Jesse Hahn made his first weekend start of the season for Virginia Tech, and took the loss to fall to 1-2 after surrendering five runs (three earned) in on four hits and four walks over four innings. He also struck out four.

The winning pitcher for Florida State was reliever Sean Gilmartin, who pitched 3.1 scoreless innings of two-hit ball to lift his record to 9-1.

The Hokies led off with a run in the top of the first for the third consecutive game, as first baseman Austin Wates hit his third RBI double of the series to plate left fielder Klint Reed.

A pair of miscues by Hahn allowed Florida State to score twice in the second inning. Stuart Tapley notched the first run on a throwing error by the Tech pitcher, while Mike Meschke tallied the second run on a balk.

Tech briefly took a 3-2 lead in the fifth when third baseman Ty Hohman came home on a throwing error by Seminole starter Mike McGee following a sacrifice bunt by Reed, who reached first on the play. Reed later scored on an RBI single by right fielder Mike Kaminski.

The Hokies’ advantage was short-lived, however, as Meschke delivered a three-run double in the bottom of the frame before scoring on a single from Parker Brunelle. Florida State added two more runs in the sixth on solo homers from Jason Stidham and Ohmed Danesh, and another tally in the seventh on an RBI double from Stephen Cardullo.

Tech set the final score in the eighth when Chris Kay doubled home Wates. The double was Kay’s team-leading fifth pinch hit of the year.

The Hokies will return to action on Tuesday at home with a 7 p.m. contest against Liberty.

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