BLACKSBURG – The Virginia Tech baseball team swept a Sunday afternoon double-header from Delaware State at English Field, winning its final two non-conference games of the season to finish its non-league schedule with a mark of 20-4.
The two wins, which came by scores of 12-8 in game one and 15-1 in game two, moved the Hokies’ overall record to 30-20, which marks their highest win total since winning 34 games in 2003.
Because Tech’s pitchers were on predetermined limited pitch counts and it was decided ahead of time that three pitchers would be used in each game, both starters, Rhett Ballard in game one and Justin Wright in game two, were eligible for wins despite throwing just four innings each. Ballard improved to 7-4, while Wright upped his mark to 6-2.
Below is a scoring recap of each game.
The Hokies will begin their final series of the regular season on Thursday against
GAME ONE: Virginia Tech 12, Delaware State 8
Catcher Anthony Sosnoskie tied a career high with four hits and first baseman Austin Wates drove in a career-high four runs as the Hokies withstood a six-run sixth by the Hornets to take game one.
The Hokies got on the board in the bottom of the first when center fielder Steve Bumbry, who walked and advanced to third on a single by Sosnoskie, came home to score on a sacrifice fly to center by Wates.
Tech tacked on to its lead in the second when Buddy Sosnoskie hit a two-out triple before scoring on a wild pitch by Delaware State starting pitcher Dan Perkins, who fell to 5-5 with the loss.
In the third, an RBI double to right field by Wates brought home Bumbry, and Tech extended its advantage to 7-0 in the fifth thanks to a RBI doubles by Anthony Sosnoskie and a two-run triple by Wates.
The Hornets used six hits and the grace of two Hokie errors to score six times in the sixth, cutting the Tech lead to one to get back in the ball game.
The Hokies got two of those runs back in the bottom of the sixth to push their lead to 9-6. Left fielder Klint Reed scored from second when a fly ball by Bumbry was misplayed by the Delaware
Tech reached double digits in the seventh when second baseman Michael Seaborn, who singled with one out before moving to second on a walk issued to third baseman Tony Balisteri, scored on a base hit to left by Reed.
Delaware State narrowed Tech’s lead to 10-8 with a two-run homer from Abe Eubank in the top of the eighth, but the Hokies put the advantage right back to four in the bottom half of the frame. Shortstop Ronnie Shaban made it 11-8 when he drove in pinch runner Steve Domecus with a single up the middle, and Seaborn plated right fielder Mike Kaminski with a double down the left field line to make it 12-8.
GAME TWO: Virginia Tech 15, Delaware State 1
The Hokies tied a season high by hitting five home runs, including three by catcher Chris Kay, to pound the Hornets in the second game of the day. Tech racked up 20 hits to Delaware
Eight hits, including three home runs and three doubles, fueled a nine-run first inning that set the tone for the rest of the contest. The homers were hit by Bumbry (his team-leading 10th), Seaborn (seventh) and Chris Kay (second), while Wates produced two of the doubles.
The Hokies got just one hit in the bottom of the fifth, but three walks issued by Delaware
Kay added his second homer of the contest, and his third in the past three games, to lead off the bottom of the sixth, giving the Hokies a 13-0 cushion.
Delaware State’s Jose Portela broke up Tech’s shutout bid in the eighth inning with an RBI single that brought home Warren Stimpson, but Kay answered again in the bottom half when he delivered his third home run of the game. Kay became the second Hokie this season to hit three homers in a game, joining Bumbry, who did so at
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