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DAVIDSON, N.C. – The Virginia Tech baseball team used four home runs – including the first of catcher Chris Kay’s career – to defeat host Davidson College 11-5 on Wednesday night in non-conference action at Wilson Field.
First pitch of the contest was delayed by nearly an hour due to lightning, and the game ended up being called after eight innings due to more of the same.
The Hokies banged out 14 hits on their way to their 28th win of the season against 20 losses. The Wildcats fell to 18-26.
Left fielder Klint Reed paced the Hokie attack with a career-high four hits, while right fielder Mike Kaminski went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and one of those round-trippers. Second baseman Michael Seaborn and designated hitter Anthony Sosnoskie hit the other two bombs for the Hokies.
The Wildcats got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the second inning. It came off the bat of
Sosnoskie tied things up for the Hokies soon after that, though, doubling home Reed in the top of the third. Reed had reached on his second single in as many at bats.
Davidson got that run right back in the bottom of the third with the help of a Hokie error. After Drew Gadaire reached on a one-out double, a single by Danny Weiss moved him to third. Though Weiss would have been safe at first anyway, the throw was wild, allowing Gadaire to come the whole way home.
The Hokies took a brief lead in the fourth thanks to Kay’s first career home run, a three-run shot to right field that also scored Kaminski, who had doubled, and Seaborn, who was hit by a pitch.
Davidson’s Zach Kayne took the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the fifth deep over the center field fence for a solo home run, but that was just the first of three runs that the Wildcats’ would score in taking a 5-4 lead. Gadaire followed with a single before moving to second when Chase FitzPatrick reached on a Tech fielding error, and then came home to score on a double by Cerbie. Jay Honeycutt then dropped down a successful squeeze bunt that scored FitzPatrick for the go-ahead run.
Tech took the lead for good and made a winner out of starting pitcher Marc Zecchino (2-3) by scoring five runs in the top of the sixth. The first came on an RBI single by Reed – his career-high fourth hit of the game – and it scored shortstop Ronnie Shaban. Sosnoskie then delivered a two-run homer – his seventh of the year – to score Reed before Seaborn scored plated Kaminski on his sixth long ball of the season.
In the Hokies’ half of the eighth, Kaminski’s fifth home run of the year also scored Wates to set the final score at 11-5.
A three-run homer by pinch hitter Buddy Sosnoskie with no outs in the top of the ninth was erased from existence when lightning struck in the vicinity and the remainder of the game was called off once the rains came.
With final exams on deck at Virginia Tech, the Hokies won’t return to the field until Sunday, when
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