May 16, 2009
Tech drops regular season finale to No. 10 UVa
Hokies finish schedule with best winning percentage since 1999
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Virginia Tech (32-21) 3010000004102
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BLACKSBURG, Va.The Virginia Tech baseball team fell short in its bid for a sweep over rival Virginia on Saturday, dropping a 6-4 decision to the 10th-ranked Cavaliers at English Field in the regular season finale.

Though the Hokies’ record slipped to 32-21 overall and 12-17 in the ACC, they finished the schedule with their best winning percentage (.604) since 1999, when they went 42-17 (.712). The 32 wins is Tech’s highest total since winning 34 in 2003, and the 12 conference wins is the most since winning 15 that same year as a member of the BIG EAST.

The Cavaliers improved to 39-12-1 overall and 16-11-1 in conference play.

Hokie senior left fielder Klint Reed went 2-for-4 in his final appearance at English Field to finish a torrid, six-game stretch in which he went 15-for-27 with 11 runs scored. Sophomore first baseman Austin Wates and junior right fielder Mike Kaminski also added two hits apiece for Tech, one of Kaminski’s being a solo home run.

Five of the first six Hokies to bat in the game recorded a hit to help Tech to a 3-0 lead. Reed led off the first with a double before scoring on another double by Anthony Sosnoskie. The Tech catcher moved to third on a base hit by Wates, and then scored on shortstop Ronnie Shaban’s single to right. Wates produced the frame’s final tally on a base knock to left center by Kaminski.

Virginia left fielder Jarrett Parker tripled and scored on a Phil Gosselin groundout in the top of the third, but Kaminski’s sixth home run of the season – a solo shot to left center field – extended Tech’s lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the inning.

Virginia shortstop Tyler Cannon went station-to-station in scoring the Cavaliers’ second run of the game in the fifth. He led off with a single, moved to second on a base hit by catcher Franco Valdes and went to third on a bunt single by second baseman Keith Werman, before finally scoring on a sac fly to center by Parker.

Virginia Tech starter Mathew Price (3-4) held the opposition to two runs on six hits through the first six innings, but the Cavaliers got to him in the seventh by putting up four runs to take a 6-4 lead. Gosselin was the catalyst, providing a three-run triple before scoring on a base hit by designated hitter/winning relief pitcher Danny Hultzen (7-1).

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